15 Dec The Philadelphia Inquirer: A Humidifier Could Help Ward Off COVID-19
December 14, 2020, The Philadelphia Inquirer
In a building crammed with mass spectrometers, gene sequencers, and other sophisticated equipment for studying the science of smell, Pam Dalton uses a low-tech approach to maintain her nasal health.
Three bowls of water on top of the heating vent in her office.
Dalton, a longtime researcher at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in West Philadelphia, knows the nose is a fantastic filter for viruses and other foreign particles. But it does not work as well when the air is dry — a drawback that infectious-disease experts say could explain some of the recent surge in COVID-19.