Today marks the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The number of people who were affected that day is immeasurable, and people are continuing to feel the effects. As if the loss of loved ones isn't enough to bear, now a new a study released on Wednesday by the World Trade Center Health Registry estimates that 3,800 to 12,600 adults who were exposed to the World Trade Center disaster site have developed asthma. This condition was more prevalent among NYC residents who remained in the area on 9/11 or who returned two days after the attack, and was less prevalent among those who didn't return to the city until December.
The study is ongoing and residents, area workers, and rescue workers will be tracked for up to 20 years after the attack to determine the extent of the health issues caused by 9/11. For workers and volunteers who performed rescue, recovery, or cleanup work at ground zero, the deadline for filing for workers' health compensation has been moved to Sept. 11, 2010, in case new illnesses arise. The deadline is normally only two years. There's no doubt that many people hold heartbreaking memories of this day in their minds, but now they may also have health issues to act as constant reminders.