Improve Indoor Air Quality and Reduce Medications, Allergy Symptoms and Increase Quality of Life.
American Lung Association
- Approximately 34.1 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma by a health professional during their lifetime.
- Prescription drugs represented the largest single direct medical expenditure related to asthma, over $6 billion.
- The annual economic cost of asthma is $19.7 billion. Direct costs make up $14.7 billion of that total, and indirect costs such as lost productivity add another $5 billion.
- Asthma was responsible for 3,384 deaths in the United States in 2005.
- An average of one out of every 10 school-aged child has asthma.
World Health Organization
- An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, with 250,000 annual deaths attributed to the disease.
- About 70% of asthmatics also have allergies.
- It is estimated that the number of people with asthma will grow by more than 100 million by 2025.
CDC National Center
for Health Statistics
- Asthma accounts for approximately 500,000 hospitalizations each year.
- 13 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.
- Asthma accounts for about 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually.
- Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.
- Nine million U.S. children under 18 have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lifetime.
- Asthma accounts for 217,000 emergency room visits and 10.5 million physician office visits every year.
- The number of people with asthma continues to grow. One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001.
Results from the first national survey of lead and allergens in housing
- In a survey of U.S. homes, approximately one-quarter had levels of dust mite allergens present in a bed at a level high enough to trigger asthma symptoms.