If you think your allergies have been getting worse over the last few years, you’re not imagining it.
For the past year-and-a-half, we’ve been at war against an unseen but deadly coronavirus. But our family practice doctors in Jupiter, Florida, want to remind you of another war humanity has been fighting for millennia: the one against mosquitoes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the pesky mosquitoes are more than just a summer annoyance. It’s one of the world’s most deadly animals.
We love the sunny, warm weather here in southern Florida, but unfortunately it’s also a recipe for an extended allergy season. We not only get a longer time to encounter summer pollens, including flowers and grasses, soon we’ll be having to deal with the fall-blooming ragweed as well as mold allergies that arise from our state’s hot, humid weather.
Did you know that Florida tops the national list for lightning deaths every year? That’s why we’re known as the “lightning capital of the U.S.” And the southeastern coast of our state is second only to the Tampa area in reported fatalities. Finally, the deadliest month is July, which typically sees nine deaths per year.
While many of our old pursuits and gatherings have been curtailed in the past few weeks due to the pandemic, one place we’ve been able to find solace as well as exercise has been in nature. And now that the stay-at-home restrictions are easing, and summer’s here in all its glory, we’ll no doubt be spending even more time outdoors.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic typically runs from the first of June to the end of November, but this year, for the fourth time in as many years, we’ve already seen our first named tropical storm in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with other forecasters, predict that the 2020 hurricane season will be more active than normal but even so, it turns out that there is no correlation between the number of storms in a season and how often they make landfall.
The longer we’re asked to practice social distancing, the more people—especially younger people—are chafing against the restrictions. Our concierge doctors at MD 2.0 would like to explore some of the many myths regarding social distancing and reiterate why this is the sole effective defense we currently have against this widening pandemic.
You try to keep your family healthy in every way you can, including ensuring that the environment in your home is as clean as possible. But our concierge family practice doctors at MD 2.0 in Jupiter want to caution you that the cleaning products you may be using come with a host of possible dangers to your health and that of your family.