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The Germ-Cleaning Power of an Open Window

Let the breeze blow those pathogens away

AAnyone who’s been cooped up in a stuffy, stagnant room can appreciate the simple pleasure of an open window and a fresh breeze. Breathing clean outdoor air may even provide some cognitive benefits: If a space is small and poorly ventilated, there’s evidence that accumulated C02 can…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.