The Indoor Microbiome: Novel Applications in Mold Prevention, Healthy Spacecraft, and COVID-19
COVID-19, mold growth, international space station
We spend 90% of our time indoors where we are continuously exposed to diverse microbial communities. This talk will highlight three applications where enhanced understanding of the fungi, bacteria, and viruses in our indoor space can improve our health. First, relative humidity in the air is sufficient to support microbial growth in carpet and dust, and this can be modeled quantitatively using the time-of-wetness framework. Prevention of mold growth in homes is especially important for underserved communities who may be more likely to reside in poor quality housing and/or have asthma. Second, these findings can be applied in a wide variety of environments, including on the International Space Station (ISS) to ensure that astronauts can remain healthy during long-duration space travel. Finally, these measurement techniques have resulted in a novel surveillance tool to continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in high-risk buildings, which will be especially important as vaccines are distributed and asymptomatic routine testing is reduced.
Dannemiller, Karen C. PhD, "The Indoor Microbiome: Novel Applications in Mold Prevention, Healthy Spacecraft, and COVID-19" (2021). Public Lecture Series. 182.