Friday the 13th Begins With Air Quality Alert Warning
WHAT: Chicagoâs tree pollen count today is 1,500, triggering a dangerous air quality warning. Todayâs tree pollen count is the highest of the last three years. âItchy eyes, stuffy noses and fatigue will be common among Chicagoans with sensitive respiratory systems,â said Dr Joseph Leija, allergist.
WHO: Dr. Joseph Leija, allergist at Loyolaâs Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, is solely certified by the National Allergy Bureau to perform the official daily allergy count for the Midwest. âThe late spring warm-up, rain and the barometric pressure change â all these elements combine to create the dangerously high tree pollen count,â he said of todayâs record count. âAllergy sufferers should stay indoors, keep the windows closed, use their air conditioners and take their allergy medications.â Every weekday morning Dr. Leija climbs the stairs to the rooftop of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital where he maintains a special pollen-catching machine. He carries the specimens to his office where he examines them under a microscope to formulate the official allergy count for the Midwest. Dr. Leija is considered a regional expert on allergies. WHEN/WHERE: Dr Leija is available today to talk with reporters about the high count, show what actual tree spores look like under his microscope, offer advice and demonstrate the mechanics of the Gottlieb Allergy Count. Patients are available for interviews.
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital 701 W. North Ave. Melrose Park, IL 60160
Elm, Oak, Mulberry â see the tree spores that triggered the air quality alert.
Talk with patients about their misery. Please call Stasia Thompson, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital media relations, at (708) 417-5036 or (708) 945-4378 for interviews.