Focus: Infection Control

Dry indoor air linked to higher infection rates

January 9, 2020

At low relative humidity, indoor air was strongly associated with higher infection rates, according to an article on the Forbes website.

When air is dry, droplets and skin flakes carrying viruses and bacteria are launched into the air, traveling far and over long periods of time. 

These microbes tend to be the ones that cause healthcare-associated infections.

Dry air also harms the natural immune barriers which protect people from infections.

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