“It’s a common misconception that all microbes found in one’s home are hazardous to your health,” says Yale Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Jordan Peccia (@jordan_peccia), co-author of the review with PhD student Sarah Kwan. “Many have no impact on health, while some may even be beneficial.”

Past studies have shown that children growing up on a farm (or even in a home close to a rural area), are exposed to such beneficial microbes, and are less likely to develop allergies as a result.

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