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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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How Long Can COVID-19 Survive On Surfaces?

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2020
 

So the topic of today is going to be How Long Can COVID-19 Survive on Surfaces? And in order to get into this important topic, I need to discuss something called fomite transmission. But, before we begin I also want to clarify that the virus is called SARS-COV-2 and this causes a disease called COVID-19.  And in fact, I need to define what a fomite is because this is the whole crux of this issue about whether or not these inanimate surfaces are or aren't going to be contaminated, and what you do about them. And this leads into something called nosocomial infections, which are hospital acquired infections. And this issue of fomites, these are objects that can become contaminated with an infectious agent that can then be transferred to a new host. And that new host, we don't want it to be us, it can be another object. I'm going to be giving you some examples of real world objects that have been found to be contaminated with various different influenzas as well as various...

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Fungal Growth in Carpets - Should You Be Worried ?

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2020
 

Hello and welcome to this week's live stream. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. When I was thinking this week about what I wanted to present, obviously we are being inundated with news stories and factual information about COVID-19 and the pandemic spread of this throughout the world and in our own communities. So I'm going to be going back to what we do week in, week out, which is focusing on mould. And towards the end of this show, as part of our breaking news, I am going to be going over some of the breaking news information about COVID-19 and the potential correlation with fungal mediated pneumonias. But that's for later in this show.

So the first ... or the area that I'm going to be focusing on this week is fungal growth in carpets. And I thought that this was an important topic to focus attention on for a couple of reasons. The couple of inspections that I have done, it's very interesting how these inspections tend to cluster together. The...

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Microbiological Literacy & COVID-19 Awareness

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2020
 

Hello, my name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist and today on this livestream, we're actually going to suspend our discussion about all things mould related, mainly due to the fact that the World Health Organization overnight has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and so today's show is going to focus on some key elements about what we know that certainly I've been researching in the literature in the last couple of weeks. The reason I think it's important that we focus on COVID-19 is that there is a lot of fear and panic happening now. There is a huge amount of very credible science that is being published in the peer reviewed literature and even the peer reviewed service out there.

So there is a lot of quality information and I'm going to encourage everyone to use those resources to inform themselves about the spread of this pandemic as well as what is emerging in the literature with regard to steps that can be taken, proactive steps that may reduce the...

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Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Mould What You Need To Know - Part 1

Uncategorized Mar 06, 2020
 

Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and welcome to this week's edition of The Mould Show. I'm sorry I'm a little bit late. The last couple of days I've been participating in a legal matter with an overseas client with regard to mould exposure. In any case, my schedule for preparation of these weekly shows has been somewhat delayed. Today, we're going to be talking about mitochondria and mould. What you need to do... What you need to know, I should say, and to some extent what you need to do if you want to protect yourself from mould and also understand some of the reasons why your body might be showing an immune inflammation or an oxidative stress reaction.

My decision to focus today on mitochondria is really due to the fact that in the last couple of days on the 21st till the 24th of February, some really fascinating papers have been released into the peer reviewed literature, and I want to base this week show all around some of this emerging research because a lot of you...

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Help - I've Discovered Mould In My Hotel Room - What Are My Options?

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2020
 

Hello. My name is Dr. Cameron Jones and I'm an environmental microbiologist. You are tuning into the Mould Show. Now, normally we do these every Thursday at 11:00AM however, we have had a live hook-up with friends and colleagues in Singapore today on another matter so that has taken the better part of today. In any case, I want to get to the theme or topic of today's live stream because this show is actually in response to an email that I received last week from someone online who reached out to me because they were having problems with mould in a holiday rental. These individuals are actually from New Zealand and they had planned a holiday for some time to Melbourne with their family and they chose an apartment, a holiday rental in Melbourne purported to be a penthouse apartment of high five star finish.

In any case, we are going to be talking about what you do if you discover that your hotel room or holiday rental actually shows mould and this could happen to anyone and of course...

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How To Use Saunas For Detoxification From Mould - Part 3

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2020
 

Can you believe we are up to part three of how infrared saunas and other saunas can be used in mould detoxification. And for anyone who's just joining on the live stream or on the podcast, I want to welcome you and I want to recap what we've been doing over the last couple of weeks. In the part one we went over what are some of the basic theory behind sauna and heating in general and some of the key papers that have linked use of saunas with a reduction of quite severe symptoms, especially those people who are suffering from mould exposure. And that is the central focus of each one of these live streams and podcasts.

And then in part two we looked at other types of environmental threats, other toxins and we looked at a cohort of people that were exposed to something called Gulf War illness and they were a whole range of smokes and pesticides and a whole lot of noxious chemicals that they were exposed to on the battlefield. And we showed and went through the literature to show how...

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