May has been officially declared “Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” in Suffolk County after a resolution sponsored by Legislator Susan A. Berland unanimously passed the Legislature.
Asthma and allergies are among the nation’s most common and costly health conditions, affecting millions of Americans each year. Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and can be chronic and lifelong. Symptoms of asthma can include, but are not limited to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Asthmatic symptoms are sometimes exacerbated by allergic reactions to allergens such as pets, pollen, trees, grass, mold, dust and others which can cause serious reactions for those who suffer from these ailments.
“There is no better time to bring awareness to allergies and asthma,” said Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable and reasonable that many people with allergies and asthma are conflating their symptoms with those of the novel coronavirus. It is of utmost importance that Suffolk County residents who suffer from these ailments be proactive in the treatment of their conditions in consultation with their healthcare providers and ensure that their respiratory health is being maintained. Respiratory health should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now, which makes the passage of ‘Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month’ particularly timely.”
“According to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2020 Report, there over 19,000 cases of pediatric asthma and over 119,000 cases of adult asthma in Suffolk County,” said Anne Little, Director of Health Promotions for the American Lung Association. “Given today’s public health crisis, it is more important than ever for patients to understand respiratory illnesses like asthma, along with its risk factors, warning signs and management options. Today’s declaration making May ‘Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month’ will help our team at the Asthma Coalition of Long Island, which is funded by the New York State Department of Health, to continue to provide potentially life-saving education and awareness to the Long Island community.”
“The Asthma Coalition of Long Island will continue to cultivate our talents, enrich our resources, and reach out through education,” said Dr. Catherine Kier, MD, FAAP, FCCP, DABSM, AE-C, Chair of the Coalition. “What a powerful time to be aware of breathing freely without difficulty. It’s May, Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month!”
“Suffolk County is highlighting May as ‘Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month’ and the timing couldn’t be better,” said Karen Joy Miller, Founder of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition. “Coronavirus has affected Long Island in a profound way, and now is the optimal time to showcase how working in partnership makes a difference. We want to thank Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland, Dr. Gregson H. Pigott, all of our County officials, the Asthma Coalition of Long Island and the American Lung Association for the work you do to keep us safe and well.”