FloorDaily Interviews Carpet and Rug Institute Communications Manager on Asthma and Allergies IssuesIt is an honor and a pleasure to be invited to talk with Floor Focus publisher Kemp Harr for his Floordaily.net news site. Recently he asked me to update him on CRI’s appearance at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, or AAAAI. See the related blog post Carpet, Asthma, Allergy & Doctors here.
Briefly, I told Kemp that, slowly but surely, I felt that CRI was making headway with doctors in getting them to hear CRI’s message that carpet is an acceptable floor covering for asthma and allergy patients. In fact, our research shows that carpet actually improves indoor air by trapping heavy dust particles and the allergens attached to them, and holding them until they can be vacuumed away with a Seal of Approval-certified vacuum.
During their training, doctors are told that asthma and allergy patients should remove their carpet, and for most doctors, that continues to be a strongly-held belief. However, several doctors at the AAAAI meeting told me that CRI’s research on carpet and asthma and allergies “gave them a new way of looking at the situation.”
It’s hard to change someone’s opinion, and even harder to change their beliefs – a doctor’s beliefs may be the hardest nut of all. Still, it seems like CRI is making a little headway, and that’s good news. Even bigger news is how many doctors wanted more information for their patients about CRI’s Seal of Approval testing program for vacuum cleaners and online list of certified carpet cleaning professionals.
Thanks, Kemp, for this opportunity to help CRI spread the word.
Listen to the interview here: Bethany Richmond Discusses CRI's Efforts to Educate Asthma & Allergy Doctors on Carpet.