Some airborne fungi remain a threat to human health, especially as they relate to people with compromised immune systems. The elderly, the young, the highly allergic, among others. Most airborne fungi are harmless to most, but some is not. It is estimated that the average human inhales thousands of mold spores per day, hence we continue to focus on clean air to combat the harmful types. It is time to get smart about Indoor Air Quality. Filtration is critical.
The current pandemic has allowed our science community to highlight the importance of understanding biology in the air. Clean air is vital to the health of humans. Ninety percent of our time is spent indoors. It is time to focus on the intersection of hygiene and healthy air and to develop science-based strategies moving forward.
In the West and Southwest United States another airborne fungi – Fungal Disease Valley Fever – has significant impact on humans and animals. It grows in the hot soil and is so light it can be moved easily when the soil is disturbed, for example by wind, construction or farming. The studies and work done to further understand the growing Valley Fever certainly will be valuable as we endeavor to understand and combat any number of diseases that moves through the air.
Because of their susceptibility and popularity as human companions, dogs comprise the majority of animal cases of Valley Fever. Owners spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year, especially in Arizona, diagnosing, treating, and following up care for their dogs with Valley Fever. It is estimated that valley fever costs all Arizona dog owners at least $60 million per year.