Story at a glance:

  • There is a new airborne threat, and it does not have anything to do with the coronavirus.
  • PFAS can attach to dust or floating particles in indoor environments.
  • Experts thought food and water were the two main causes of getting exposed to PFAS, but it appears that just being indoors may also be a significant source of exposure.

 

There is a new airborne threat that is contaminating homes, classrooms, and stores, and it does not have anything to do with the coronavirus.

Toxic chemicals are known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, or forever chemicals because they cannot be broken down naturally, were discovered in PFAS-treated products such as carpeting and clothing, and PFAS was found to attach to dust or floating particles in the indoor environment, The Guardian reported.


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The University of Rhode Island and the Green Science Policy Institute tested 20 sites for indoor air forever chemicals and they found 17 sites, 85 percent of all tested locations, contained harmful substances. The study was published Tuesday in Environmental Science & Technology.

As Changing America previously reported, these substances have been linked to changes in liver enzymes, high cholesterol levels and even an increased risk of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In previous reports, experts thought food and water were the two main causes of getting exposed to PFAS, but it appears that being indoors may also be a significant source of exposure.

“It’s an underestimated and potentially important source of exposure to PFAS,” Tom Bruton, a co-author and senior scientist at Green Science, told The Guardian.


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Published on Sep 01, 2021