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Millions of germs fly when you enter the room

A person’s mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour, a new study finds.

The bacterial material is largely left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor when someone enters.

“We live in this microbial soup, and a big ingredient is our own microorganisms,” says Jordan Peccia, associate professor of environmental engineering at Yale University and the principal investigator of a study recently published online in the journal Indoor Air.

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