Getting sick is a common occurence. Each day we, as humans, are exposed to a plethora of germs and bacteria and our bodies fight each one differently. Sometimes it’s through touch, or an exchange of fluids and sometimes we breathe it in. Either way, it must enter the body before the virus can spread. For centuries we’ve known about bacteria. However, we haven’t always known how to handle its effects — not even today.

Some sicknesses are easily (or relatively easily) diagnosed. Chicken pox is caused by a specific virus, gastro another, and the common cold yet another. Their symptoms are each unique and they can be treated by visiting a doctor or taking time off work and resting in bed for a few days. Your body will take the time to heal itself and fight the bacteria and/or virus accordingly and eventually you will feel healthy again and your body will be back to normal.

However, not every sickness can be attributed to known viruses.

Mold is a huge perpetrator when it comes to causing illness in human beings. Mold is a living organism that attacks the respiratory system of humans. However, proving that mold is the cause of an illness is extremely difficult. Mold can be found in buildings, on materials used in everyday life and even on clothing. And what most people do not understand is that it’s not the mold organisms themselves that make you sick, but the spores (airborne toxins) that they produce.

Mold is a killer.

Mold spores, which are loaded fungi, lead to fungal infections. Diseases associated with fungal spores and inhalation of them can include hypersensitivity pneumonitis, tremors, toxic pneumonitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer and kidney failure. This is more than just a bit of sneezing and an itchy throat. Mold can be deadly, especially to those who already have an immune deficiency issue.

Mold can be and is a major issue in humid and warm climates. The colder regions in Canada and Northern Europe have very few cases of fungal diseases, however, that changes when you head south to warmer climates and wetter areas. Mold grows when the mold spores that are present in the air at all times (also refered to as allergens) find a warm, moist, dark spot to land and germinate. Mold then grows and becomes more deadly when it’s found a good home.

The key is to keep your living and working environment free of moisture and as clean as possible.

But, what if you have no control over your work environment? Students, for example, are constantly at risk for mold. Schools are prime breeding spots for mold because of their large size and age. Poorly constructed ventilation systems, badly sealed windows and hundreds of occupants on a daily basis make for prime mold breeding grounds. Children who are suddenly diagnosed with asthma or acute breathing problems during the school year should lead a school administration to test the building for possible mold infestations.

Unfortunately, mold is not often thought of as a killer. Sure, we see moldy bread when we forget to throw out the end of the loaf, or moldy fruits when they aren’t stored well — but we never think of mold on the walls, under the carpet, on the shower curtain, on the back of the toilet, under your desk at work or under the potted plant on your desk. These are all prime spots for mold to live and breed — and infect you.

To prevent mold-related illnesses, air purification is a must. Ventilation will keep the mold spores at bay even if you live and work in a moist, warm climate all the time. By trapping the spores in deep-bed activated carbon, you’ll reduce your risk for respiratory illnesses, or something worse.

Mold is a nasty little creature that’s always lurking. Don’t let him infect you; use the right air purification tools — like units from Electrocorp that are ideal for businesses and especially school duct systems — to keep the fungal growth under control and keep your air clean and fresh.

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