Aerosol transmission of biology in the built environment (part 4)

One of the greatest global threats is antimicrobial resistance.  Governments around the world are working together to create options to fight antimicrobial resistance.  Another menace is air pollution and the gases and chemicals in air pollution are impacting the biology in the air.   Antimicrobial resistance and global pollution need to be addressed. We are addressing air pollution in this specific blog post.


Airborne biology is driver of infection. The need to address airborne biology in the built environment and mitigate it using existing tools and tools yet to be invented is necessary.  Filtration, humidity, ventilation, and UV are the best tools currently available to combat biology in the indoors.


One of the most common airborne viruses is the common cold or rhinovirus.  The rhinovirus also aggravates asthma and COPD making both diseases more deadly.


Another common respiratory virus is the adenovirus, hantavirus and enterovirus.


Bacteria also moves and infects via airborne aerosol.   Examples are bordetella pertussis, corynebacterial, clostridium difficile, mycobacterium tuberculosis and non-mycobacterum tuberculosis.  With all the data shown, it is amazing that hospitals are not configured to handle airborne transmission.  Homes, businesses, and common gathering space should all build infection control plans for their facilities.


 Again we delve into the study bucket, showing data on airborne transmission for viruses, bacteria and in this last grouping covers fungi.   This section will provide data on Aspergillus, histoplasma capsulatum. and Blastomyces.


Almost every part of the world has some form of fungi that are endemic and impact the health of humans and animals.  Additionally, we put a significant amount of information out linking air pollution to microbial and fungal resistance.  The air outside your facility always makes it inside your facility.  Time to take care of family, friends, clients and employees with an infection control plan for your home, business or facility.





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