The Office-ome

Even indoor spaces like an office building have their own microbiomes and people's exposure to them may affect their health, Wired's Zoë Schlanger writes. She notes that when she worked in an office building with windows that didn't open, "[e]ach time a denizen of that floor got a cold, it decimated at least a third of the floor's employees. For the next week or two, a swath of cubicles would sit empty."

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