NIH Allergy Asthma Guidelines No Longer Dictate Carpet Removal

Dalton, GA, March 2, 2021––The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released the “2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines,” new federal guidelines regarding the best treatments for asthma and allergies on December 3, 2020. The guidelines have been updated and do not recommend removing carpet as a way to treat asthma and allergies.

“We’re pleased that these new guidelines recognize the most up-to-date science on carpet and indoor air quality,” said Joe Yarbrough, president, CRI. “CRI’s work has been instrumental in highlighting the studies that support this update, which is a positive development for our industry.”

The federal guidelines are used by public and private stakeholders, including other federal and state agencies along with the medical community.

“Beginning in 2013, a CRI task group comprised of subject matter experts from our industry worked to gather and submit science and data to NIH,” Yarbrough said. “Their work was instrumental in this initiative for the industry.”

CRI submitted studies that found carpet can improve indoor air quality by keeping particles out of the breathing zone until they can be removed through regular cleaning. The preponderance of research indicates that carpet has a positive impact on air quality.

Listen to the interview with Joe Yarbrough here.

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