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Humidity and the Flu

Humidity and the Flu

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The H-1-N-1 virus is still on the rise in our area. Over one third of the North Dakota's confirmed H1N1 cases are in Ward County.

According to Penny Hamilton at the First District Health Unit, aside from traditional prevention measures, recent studies are saying that using a humidifier can help lower your home's virus count and alleviate symptoms.

(Penny Hamilton, First District Health Unit)"Its healthier to have moist air than dry air. But of course you can go the other way and it can be too moist. And so a humidifier is a good thing, with caution. They have to be kept clean, they have to have maintenance. Otherwise, they serve as a source for mold and bacteria."

Hamilton says the optimal levels of humidity are between thirty and fifty percent. You can check your home's levels with a hygrometer, which will cost you less than ten dollars.

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