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Uncategorized Jun 25, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. This week I have a very interesting show, which has evolved really from the last couple of inspections I've done in the last few weeks, but before I go any further, I want to give you a bit of an overview because this is actually a birthday show. I've been doing these live streams every week now, and a whole year has gone by. That's right, 52 live streams.

As many of you know who have been following the live stream on Facebook, we turned a lot of them into podcasts. So, I just wanted to say that I've enjoyed presenting these live streams and developing the podcasts out overwhelmingly focusing on indoor air quality and mould. Certainly, in the last couple of months, we've been looking at other areas of infection control and yes, SARS-CoV-2 to has taken up a lot of time, but this is because it is highly topical. It is related to the indoor living environment. There have been lots to say about this. So...

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Some Tips On What You Should Do If You Discover Mould On Your Framing Timbers During New Home Construction

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2020
 

Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Now, I apologize for the delay in getting to this week's live stream for The Mould Show, but I want to talk about something very important, especially in Australia, as we are moving into winter.

We get calls very often talking about water damage to new home construction. And I started my morning this morning, bright and early, going to a pair of townhouses that have been water damaged and the owners of the townhouses, not very happy because mould started appearing on a lot of the framing timbers. And so I want to talk to you today about this important topic and essentially what we're going to be focusing on is what do you do about this when you discover mould growing on these framing timbers? Do you just hope for the best? Do you hope it's going to go away or do you do something about it?

And certainly as an environmental microbiologist, we're always concerned when customers call up or...

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Five Facts About Fungi You Could Have Missed Because Of All The Recent Attention On COVID

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2020
 

Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of The Mould Show. My name's Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And certainly for the last couple of months, all of us have been preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic. But because I'm an environmental microbiologist, today I'm going to be getting back to talking about fungi. And in fact, I'm going to be talking about five aspects of fungi and why they are such a significant threat to us from an infection and allergy point of view, but also in terms of their impact on crops and food security. And I'm going to be going through some of the reasons why fungi are considerably neglected. And certainly, as we've seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, people are talking about the fact that humanity and policymakers were very much underprepared for this significant threat. I would argue that scientists are significantly underprepared for the impact that fungi have on society and on public health and so that is going to be the focus...

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3 New Facts About SARS-CoV-2 on Surfaces and Fomite Transmission

Uncategorized May 31, 2020
 

Hello, my name's Dr. Cameron Jones, and welcome to this week's live stream.

Now, I guess all of you are getting used to using some type of hand sanitizer when you go out? This is to protect us from coming into contact with other people or environments and to reduce the chance of the coronavirus replicating onto our hands and persisting on our hands, and then transferring them onto our face or onto our mucus membrane, or to other objects within our homes or workplaces where other people could come into contact with them. And so, today I wanted to talk to you about three new facts about fomites that you really need to know, and I've titled it COVID Fomites. Realistically it is coming into contact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

In any case, what I want to talk about today is these three new facts. And essentially I want to talk about a paper which really talked about and put this into perspective very, very clearly. And this is talking about the transmission of the...

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The COVID Safe Workplace and How to Validate Your Cleaning Effectiveness

Uncategorized May 17, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist. And on this week's live stream, I'm bringing to you what I think is a very important topic, because for all of us doing social easing or quarantine, it's about to change. We're going to go into something called a ‘new normal’. And as businesses are being encouraged to reopen slowly, there's something called COVID safe workplaces, that we need to take into consideration.

And I want to discuss this topic about how all of us need to be mindful as we re-enter the workplace and the workforce. And so that is the topic of today's live stream. And essentially I want to focus on one particular aspect of how businesses need to start thinking about validating themselves. And double checking that their cleaning regimes and protocols are actually disinfecting the air and surfaces, as best they can, so that all of us reduce the risks that go on when we go back into these workplaces.

And because at...

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COVID Toes, loss of smell and preview of our survey results on COVID-safe workplaces

Uncategorized May 10, 2020
 

Have you heard the one about the person who lost their sense of smell and was then diagnosed with COVID-19...yes it's true!

Hello, my name is Dr. Cameron Jones and thank you for tuning in to this week's live stream. I'm doing it from the lab. This is where I spend a lot of my time for a couple of reasons. Most of you who are following this live stream or turn on your TV or radio, probably are aware that at least in Australia the coronavirus restrictions are going to be relaxed to some extent. That means that sectors of the economy are going to be going back to work and we're incredibly busy working on various different aspects of this to support public health.  here's an overview of how this is going to work:

This is going to be implemented as follows:

and then the Government is asking all business owners to play their part in making their specific business and COVID safe workplace:

Therefore, my normal, quite lengthy live streams each week are going to be a little bit...

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How to prepare for a COVID-safe workplace and why it's important to consider environmental surface testing for SARS-CoV-2

Uncategorized May 10, 2020
 

Hello, my name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and welcome to today's live stream. We are going through unprecedented times with the pandemic and most of us are probably wondering when life is going to get back to normal. We're in isolation. Many of us are deliberately quarantining ourselves and staying away from others. Because of course, no one wants to come down with the virus induced COVID-19. So, when is life going to get back to normal? Well, this is something which I as a microbiologist, people ask me about this all the time. And so, that's going to be the topic of today's live stream. And really what I want to put up today now, is preparing for a COVID-safe workplace. How are we actually going to do this? And what are some of these steps which businesses can get on the front foot now in preparation for preparing for this thing called a COVID-safe workplace? What's that going to look like?

Because we're probably many months away from a successful vaccine or what are called...

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Air pollution can make mould allergies worse and also increase the risks for COVID-19 transmission

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2020
 

Hello and welcome to this week's live stream. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist and today I have some very exciting research to bring to you. Yes, again, we're going to be focusing on mould and importantly, we're going to be focusing on one of the primary ways that all of us, if we are allergic to mould, come into contact with this - and that is by simply breathing [see for example the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality - Dampness and Mould] .

I'm going to be focusing on something in the air called particulate matter, PM. Particulate matter, again, for anyone who watches these live streams knows that we can measure the particulate matter in the air and we can actually measure it and measuring it puts it into these different size classes called particulate matter.

I'm going to demonstrate how this is being used to not only show that there is a strong connection between exposure to particulate matter and inducing an adverse immune response,...

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How you should interpret your indoor air quality when it says that mould spore levels are greater than 1000 CFU?

Uncategorized Apr 16, 2020
 

Hello, and my name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist. Thank you for joining me, which could be your second join this morning, because the internet went out. That was entirely unexpected. I apologize for that. In any case, as I said, we're going to be starting today talking about why indoor mould levels above a particular threshold have an impact on your health? The reason is that, in many cases, in order to quantify what the impact of water damage or adverse indoor air quality is, we use these Petri plates to work out what can grow. But not only that, they give you the number of colonies that actually grow, so when these are placed into suspect environments and a pump is used to deliver air onto the top surface of the Petri plate, once these are placed in the incubator, you get to see exactly what colonies are going to grow. But importantly, you count up the numbers, and from the numbers, you can work out the number of colony-forming units per cubic meter...

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Can my pet get coronavirus? If you're a cat, it looks like YES!

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones, and I'm an environmental microbiologist, and welcome to this week's edition of The Mould Show. A little bit like the rent-free period, and mortgage holidays that are happening all over the world, we are going to have a holiday from mould this week, mainly because the SARS-CoV-2 is such a severe pandemic, there is so much interesting information coming out, pretty much on a daily basis, that I've got quite a lot to talk about today. And one of the very interesting stories which has been emerging in the last several weeks is really going to be the topic of what we're focusing on today, which is, can my pet get COVID-19? Now this is really quite an emotional topic for many people, simply because there've been some very disturbing stories coming out of China about the humane or inhumane handling of animals, and also we don't necessarily want to be fearful of our pets. However, it is very important that we definitely do look into what the...

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