Why Thunderstorm Asthma Needs IoT


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Imagine a situation where thousands of people all of a sudden find themselves unable to breathe. Thousands of people present themselves to hospitals and doctors surgeries struggling with wheezing, coughing and a shortness of breath. Some are turning blue. 1900 people call emergency services for an ambulance over 5 hours, the demand far exceeding supply. Many people end up in hospital and 10 die. It’s not a gas leak or smoke from an industrial fire. Instead, it’s the respiratory condition asthma, triggered by nature.

In Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016,& a thunderstorm storm hit after a hot day of temperatures reaching 38-degree Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperature dropped rapidly, accompanied by rain and strong winds of up to 100 kilometers& (62 miles) per hour recorded. & Emergency services and hospitals were overwhelmed. Paramedics dealt with an unprecedented 1,900 emergency calls in five hours and Melbourne hospitals treated more than 8,500 patients in two days. It is the world’s worst recorded case of thunderstorm asthma.