Flu Season and Humidity

Flu Season

In Ontario flu season normally runs from late Fall to early Spring.

We spend more time indoors with family and friends and that leads to more disease transmission. Anybody can get the flu, but some groups are more likely to have serious complications:

  • Babies
  • Children under 5
  • Seniors
  • People with underlying health conditions

Relative Humidity

Proper humidity in the home (between 40% and 60%) makes us more comfortable. It also helps reduce disease transmission. When relative humidity drops below 30%, the membranes in our nose dry out and we do not properly filter the air we breathe. Studies have shown that viruses survive longer in the air when humidity is lower.

A properly maintained humidifier on your furnace has several health benefits including:

  • Body defenses are stronger above 30% relative humidity
  • There is less infectious flu virus in the air at higher humidity levels
  • The likelihood of a flu infection is lower at higher humidity levels

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