According to a recent press release, the Gottlieb Allergy Count for mold spores in Chicago almost reached the threshold for the air quality level to be termed as ‘dangerous’.
On June 30, the count was recorded to be 45,000, while the threshold of 50,000 is considered dangerous. The mold count was at its highest level since March this year.
Joseph Leija, MD, who is an allergist and performs the Gottlieb Allergy Count said in the press release, “The extreme humidity coupled with hot temperatures and rain have created a soupy environment that is causing serious distress for those with mold allergies and asthma…It’s like having a hot, wet towel over your face all the time for many with sensitive systems. Difficulty breathing, itchy throat, coughing and fatigue is what Chicagoans feel today and possibly for the rest of the week.”
Leija advised the sensitive people to “stay inside, run the air conditioning and, above all, take medication” when the threshold is so high.