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This Surprising Kitchen Staple Could Be Toxic

With COVID-19 still spreading throughout the U.S. and beyond, many people are paying closer attention to their health and well-being than ever before, from practicing diligent hand hygiene to wearing a mask out in public. However, in many cases, what’s inside your home could be making you sick, as well. In fact, one single item that you’re neglecting to clean regularly could be the culprit behind some serious health issues, coronavirus included: your HVAC filters.

Indoor air filters can harbor many types of harmful bacteria and fungi—pathogens that can be redistributed into your home environment if your filters aren’t cleaned frequently. Plus, an oft-cited COVID study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one air-conditioned restaurant in Guangzhou, China spread COVID to three families via “strong airflow from the air conditioner.”

In another study, which has not yet undergone scientific review, researchers in Oregon

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