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Fordham University Professor Develops Device To Track Localized Pollen Levels

(credit: Alex Denis)

(credit: Alex Denis)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new device might allow you to see how bad the pollen count is on your very street.

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported Friday, while pollen levels can’t be predicted too far in advance due to weather variables, Fordham University’s Guy Robinson has developed a pollen trap to better predict pollen counts at a local level.

Robinson hangs the traps from poles around the five boroughs, then gathers the data by neighborhood, so you can see how bad the pollen might be on your street.

“These samplers are passive. They don’t need to be plugged in, they just sit there. They’re like a kind of open bottle that receives the material and all the junk that’s in the air,” Robinson explained.

Allergy sufferers say any help is welcome to try and ease their pollen problem.

“Well unfortunately it makes a lot of people uncomfortable — eye itching, it gets red, and the nose running,” Bayonne resident Steve said.

Steve told Schuck he has a home remedy for his allergies.

“I’ve notice when I’ve been taking honey in my tea, and during the season when I started using a lot more honey it some how seemed to reduce the allergies,” he said.

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