Humidity and the Flu

With the help of a local preschool Mayo Clinic researchers may have found a way to slow the spread of the seasonal flu, according to a new study in the journal PLOS One.

Researcher and senior author Chris Pierret, Ph.D., who is part of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, says, “Within this study we were able to show significant reduction in influenza virus survival and infectivity through the humidification of nursery school classrooms during the driest month of winter. This could be a big deal, not only to schools, but to businesses and homes.”

The group showed that artificial humidification in a non-laboratory environment has an effect on transmission and infectivity of the flu.