home Journal club, News Lots of press for recent Sloan-funded study: “Size-resolved emission rates of airborne bacteria and fungi in an occupied classroom”

Lots of press for recent Sloan-funded study: “Size-resolved emission rates of airborne bacteria and fungi in an occupied classroom”

This study came out online in February and provided a very interesting look into the role of human occupancy in relation to indoor biological aerosols.  Most strikingly the authors found that millions of bacteria and fungi are added to the air in an occupied room, mostly through stirring up previously deposited organisms.

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Yesterday an article about this work came out in Discovery, and since then it’s been all over the press.   A few other links are below:

Science Daily News: “With You in the Room, Bacteria Counts Spike — By About 37 Million Bacteria Per Hour”

Daily Mail: “Whenever you enter a room you stir 37 million bacteria into the air – every hour”


Forbes: “Study: Humans Add Millions of Microbes to the Air Every Hour”

David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter

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