Thunderstorm-Related Respiratory Illnesses Among Older Adults

JAMA Internal Medicine released a research letter on August 10, 2020, examining emergency visits for thunderstorm-related respiratory illnesses among older adults. The study was designed “to determine whether increases in emergency department (ED) visits for acute respiratory illnesses occur among Medicare beneficiaries in the days surrounding thunderstorms across the continental US.” The researchers note this is particularly important because “thunderstorm-related atmospheric changes are expected to increase in severity with rising global temperatures.”

To view the letter’s abstract, click here.