Dispatch: Pollen Levels are Appallin

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An Associated Press article reports that unusually high pollen levels seem to promise a tough allergy season this year.

“Many people think allergies are just an inconvenience, but they can also exacerbate asthma in some people,” says Stier. “Allergies can cause serious problems. In fact, a New York Times op-ed last week called for municipalities to stop planting trees that produce a lot of pollen, and to switch to low-allergen trees instead.”

Dr. Ross sees no cause for alarm: “All we have in this article are a few allergy specialists saying they have a lot of patients this year, but the plural of ‘anecdote’ is not ‘data.’ There’s no study here.”