Bacteria, fungi and viruses are all small particles that are easily aerosolized. Floors and ducts are superhighways for germs. Hospitals and all public spaces need to move to persistent cleaning technologies. Any particle .3 microns and below can be aerosolized.
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Our blog and news feed covers the healthy side of air daily. But because we mention health, we offer a study outlining risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). You will find much more about the harm to human health by following our facebook, twitter or linkedin pages.
Improved hygiene programs are good for everyone. But they are especially beneficial to those with a compromised immune system. COPD, diabetes, cancer, asthma make a segment of our population more vulnerable to serious illness and disease. The studies linked immediately below illustrate that those suffering from cancer and who are being treated for it are at a greater risk of secondary infection. It is critical to be diligent concerning hygiene and infection control, particularly when it comes to the environment of cancer patients live in. Improved hygiene will help keep people with compromised immune systems healthy.
Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) hog operations impact their environments and the communities around the farms. Contaminated water, air and employees moving through the community add to the spread of MRSA to humans in farming communities.
The flu has been a major source of infection for many decades. It, like COVID, is transmitted through the air and is tracked annually, including by all concerned with our current pandemic. The flu virus also passes directly person to person and indirectly through fomites. Human outbreaks have seen a slight uptick (we are in flu season), but because of the precautions taken for COVID-19, the flu virus outbreak levels are still low.
Mass gatherings like the Hajj, Super Bowl and the Olympics have the potential to amplify the spread of a pathogen. Special care must be taken for these types of events. We look at how sports were impacted by the 1918 H1N1 pandemic that claimed at least 50 million lives worldwide including 675,000 in the United States alone.
Fungi, bacteria, virus and mold aren’t just around-the-house issues. The maritime industry, to what should be to no one’s surprise because of its arena – is profoundly affected by these menaces.