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FALL 2022
The Use of Self-Reported Survey Data Finds Correlation Between Dust and Health- Related Symptoms in Residential Homes
􏰀􏰁 􏰃􏰄􏰅􏰆 􏰇􏰅􏰈􏰉􏰊􏰋 􏰄􏰌􏰍 􏰎􏰄􏰏􏰈􏰍 􏰐􏰄􏰑􏰑􏰄􏰅􏰈
 T􏰒􏰈􏰋 􏰈􏰋 􏰑􏰒􏰊 􏰋􏰊􏰓􏰔􏰌􏰍 􏰔􏰕 􏰄 􏰑􏰖􏰔􏰗􏰘􏰄􏰅􏰑 􏰋􏰊􏰅􏰈􏰊􏰋 􏰄􏰙􏰔􏰚􏰑 􏰄 free website questionnaire developed for the purpose of exploring and cataloguing selected
characteristics of residential structures, occupant behaviors, and self􏰗reported s􏰁􏰉pto􏰉s􏰛 􏰎ata collection attained 80,000 responses from all 50 states between December 2016 and December 2020. Part 1 (JCS, Fall 2021) described the collection methods, examples of some of the initial tabulations, and representative initial explorations. This Part 2 offers some initial steps and suggestions for a more formal analysis of a select few associations and 􏰜ndings.
The exploratory nature of the project was intentionally open􏰗ended rather than strictly bounded so as to provide a more complete picture of the three distinct areas of exploration and the richness of their interrelationships. In addition to illustrating the general potential for further study, the speci􏰜c example of dust associated with the number of reported symptoms can reveal speci􏰜c research questions.
The health and well􏰗being of residential occupants is the focus of an increasing number of research projects, practical applications to create healthy homes, and marketing claims for products and services. Shortly after the beginning of the C􏰝􏰞ID􏰗1􏰟 pandemic, efforts were intensi􏰜ed in all three areas. 􏰠 perusal of almost any of these efforts will reveal at least one of the following exclusions:
􏰡 Information by occupants about characteristics of houses.
􏰡 􏰢esearch data based on occupant experience.

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