How Severe are the Airborne Infections?

by Ram Chella on December 16, 2020

Airborne transmission of germs are not to be taken lightly as they could cause severe health issues and at times life threatening. The threat of airborne infections do not exist only in outdoors, it exists in Indoors as well. Due to close contact and poor ventilation, Indoor spread of airborne infections are considerably high. 

People can catch some diseases simply by breathing. These are called airborne diseases. Airborne disease can spread when people with certain infections cough, sneeze, or talk, spewing nasal and throat secretions into the air. Some viruses or bacteria take flight and hang in the air or land on other people or surfaces.

Airborne can be used to describe any size particle (e.g., droplet, dust, pollen) capable of travel through the air. For respiratory droplets, that can include droplets that are close to the source and those that have moved farther away. 

Airborne transmission is infection spread through exposure to those virus-containing respiratory droplets comprised of smaller droplets and particles that can remain suspended in the air over long distances (usually greater than 6 feet) and time (typically hours). 


Risk of airborne transmissions are high under below circumstances

  • Enclosed spaces within which an infectious person either exposed susceptible people at the same time or to which susceptible people were exposed shortly after the infectious person had left the space.
  • Prolonged exposure to respiratory particles, often generated with expiratory exertion (e.g., shouting, singing, exercising) that increased the concentration of suspended respiratory droplets in the air space.
  • Inadequate ventilation or air handling that allowed a build-up of suspended small respiratory droplets and particles.

So many human lives are lost to deadly airborne diseases every year worldwide. Having a proper air sanitation device used along with Air Handling Units of the buildings can help reducing the risk of airborne infections. An air purification device with pathogen elimination capability would be the ideal device to mitigate the risk of airborne transmissions.  

DOKAT Air Purifiers with the combined power of UV & Ion help eliminating germs in the Indoor Air.


Common Airborne Diseases




Acute Respiratory Diseases TB - Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Aspergillus
      Influenza Diphtheria Penicillium
      Adenovirus Whooping Cough / Pertussis Cladosporium
      Rhinovirus Meningitis Mucor
      Enterovirus Pulmonary Plague Coccidioidomycosis 
      Rota virus Haemophiles Influenza B Epiglottis Meningitis Famitco
      Norovirus  Meningococcus (Neisseria Meningitidis) Histoplasmosis
Adenovirus Legionella - Legionnaires disease Stachybotrys 
Respiratory syncytial virus Pontiac fever Absidia
Pneumonia Streptococcus  pneumonia  Alternaria
Seasonal Flu Mycoplasma pneumonia Fusarium
Fever Plague Cryptostroma
Common Cold Syphilis Blastomycosis
Chicken Pox (Shingles) Anthrax Cryptococcosis 
Mononucleosis (EB Virus)   Fungal Pneumonia
MMR Organic Dust  
Mumps Hypersensitivity Pneumonia   
Hemorrhagic Fever    
SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome    
MERS - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome    
COVID19 - CoronaVirusDisease2019    

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