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Association between levels of radon and bioaerosols (bacteria and fungi) by living conditions

Authors
 Sung Ho Hwang  ;  Sangwon Lee  ;  Jong-Uk Won  ;  Hyo Soung Cha  ;  Wha Me Park 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH, Vol.33(6) : 619-628, 2023-06 
Journal Title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH
ISSN
 0960-3123 
Issue Date
2023-06
MeSH
Aerosols / analysis ; Air Microbiology ; Air Pollution, Indoor* / analysis ; Bacteria ; Environmental Monitoring / methods ; Fungi ; Radon* ; Social Conditions
Keywords
Radon ; bioaerosol ; living conditions ; self-health condition ; semi-basement
Abstract
This study aimed to measure the levels of airborne radon Rn and bioaerosols - culturable airborne bacteria (CAB) and culturable airborne fungi (CAF)-in South Korea's residential environments, considering living conditions such as the number of ventilations, number of windows, floors, temperature, and relative humidity. . The range of Rn levels was 0.43-7.439 pCi/L with a median of 0.70 pCi/L. The CAB levels were 239-488 colony-forming unit (CFU)/m3 with a median of 309 CFU/m3, and CAF levels were 174-366 CFU/m3 with a median of 233 CFU/m3. Thus, this study found that semi-basement residential indoor environments negatively affected Rn and bioaerosol levels, and living in such residences resulted in high health condition scores on the bad side. Given the correlation between airborne Rn and bioaerosol levels, further large-scale studies are needed to identify more reliable and representative of research.
Full Text
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09603123.2022.2138281
DOI
10.1080/09603123.2022.2138281
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (작업환경의학과) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Wha Me(박화미) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7499-0663
Won, Jong Uk(원종욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9200-3297
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/198736
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