- In each cubic meter of air, there are between 1.6 million and 40 million viruses.
- In each cubic meter of air, there are between 860,000 and 11 million bacteria.
Given that we breathe roughly .01 cubic meters of air each minute, a simple calculation based on these results suggests we breathe in a few hundred thousand viruses every minute. [emphasis added]
Half of the viruses the scientists trapped didn’t match any known virus species. But most belong to groups that infect plants or mammals.
Mammals, of course, include us; plants, much of our food supply.
Of course, as our biological patients know, the microbe matters less than the state of the terrain, the body’s internal environment. It’s the decisive factor, determining what foreign substances like viruses can and can’t do.
The terrain is where health begins and ends.
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