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DANGERS OF BACTERIA IN THE AIR

Airborne bacteria (and viruses) are a common source of respiratory infection and a particular threat to infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune or cardiovascular systems, including people with allergies, asthma, AIDS, and heart disease.  Some serious infectious diseases are spread by these biological organisms including whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, cholera, scarlet fever, and anthrax.


These high-threatening organisms range in size from 0.18 microns to as large as 1.325 microns. Air purifiers can provide some protection catching airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns with a HEPA filter; however these living organisms may not behave in exactly the same way as non-living particles in the context of filtration making it difficult to say that all organisms passing through the filter will be captured.  Some pathogens can move on their own and some have slimy coatings that may affect a filter's ability to capture them.

 

Air often contains tiny organisms such as fungi, bacteria, mycotoxins and viruses. None of these microorganisms live in the air but they are often attached to other small particles such as water droplets, soil, or skin flakes, clumping together in small groups enhancing survival while airborne.

 

Vital in recycling nutrients and many important steps in nutrient cycles, we are dependent on these microorganisms, such as the fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere. Life depends on these tiny microorganisms. However, when they form a parasitic association with other organisms they are classed as pathogens which can be extremely toxic to human life as a major cause of human infections, disease, and even death.

 

If you feel you are having unexpected health problems, Infinity Environmental Services can test the air quality in your home or business.

 

 

 

 

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