As spring approaches, the Springfield-Greene Health Department will provide regular pollen counts online every weekday. These counts will continue until the first freeze.
Pollen and spore samples are collected daily (Monday through Friday) and reported online around 10:30 a.m. Today’s readings indicate that grass pollen levels are high. Mold and tree pollen are also present. More details, including a breakdown of the count and historical pollen data can be found at health.springfieldmo.gov/pollen.
The Health Department reports pollen counts to help the public stay informed on airborne allergens in the area. Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergies can cause symptoms that are also common with other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and influenza, so it is important to be aware of the levels of allergens from day to day. These symptoms include:
- Sore throat.
- Runny nose.
Symptoms such as fever, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell are unlikely to be caused by allergies and might be indicative of a virus. Those experiencing these symptoms should contact a health care provider and seek testing for COVID-19 by going to COVIDTesting417.com.
The Health Department has provided pollen data to the community, news, meteorologists and physicians since 1961.
Media may contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at [email protected].
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