Although the survival rate of influenza viruses is reduced in humid air, other pathogens can develop due to the increased humidity. Elena Belova, an infectious disease specialist of the Moscow City Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS of the Moscow City Health Department, reported this to the Moscow City News Agency.
“Scientists have calculated that if you turn on an indoor humidifier for one hour, about 30% of all viruses in the air will die. Although the survival rate of influenza viruses is reduced in humid air, there are other pathogens, such as mold, that are quite comfortable with high humidity. Therefore, humidification of the air should not be overestimated - it also has disadvantages,”Belova said.
She noted that the virus lives at room temperature for several hours.
“In the air, influenza viruses can remain infectious at room temperature for several hours. The higher the temperature and relative humidity of the air, the faster viruses are inactivated, and in a liquid medium they are inactivated at a temperature of 50-60 degrees within a few minutes, "Belova explained.
The doctor also recalled that vaccination is the only effective way against influenza.
“Scientists emphasize that vaccination and personal hygiene are still the best ways to prevent influenza. Air humidification is just one of the additional methods to combat its spread,”added Elena Belova.