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The Nuance

The Germ-Cleaning Power of an Open Window

Let the breeze blow those pathogens away

Markham Heid
Elemental
Published in
5 min readApr 9, 2020

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
Elemental

I’m a long-time contributor at TIME and other media orgs. I write mostly about health. I grew up in Michigan, but these days I live in southwest Germany.