Don’t look up: ‘Astonishing number’ of viruses float down on us from the sky

VANCOUVER — This study will make you think twice about stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. A team of scientists from around the world confirmed millions of viruses rising into the atmosphere, traveling — sometimes for thousands of miles — and falling back down to the surface.

The study, carried out by researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Spain, is the first of its kind to confirm viruses are being swept up into the free troposphere — the layer of atmosphere between the area where Earth’s weather systems develop — and below the stratosphere, where airplanes fly.

The numbers are “astonishing” the researchers say; but remember, a virus is a tiny particle, little more than a strand of DNA and a mechanism for attaching to organic matter. Scientists aren’t suggesting the slightest bit that we should all return to spending our lives in lockdown again. Countless studies continue to point to the great health benefits from spending more time outdoors.

“Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square meter above the planetary boundary layer — that’s 25 viruses for each person in Canada,” says University of British Columbia virologist Curtis Suttle, lead author of the study, in a media release.

Scientists have been finding genetically similar viruses in disparate parts of the planet.

“Roughly 20 years ago we began finding genetically similar viruses occurring in very different environments around the globe,” says Suttle. “This preponderance of long-residence viruses travelling the atmosphere likely explains why—it’s quite conceivable to have a virus swept up into the atmosphere on one continent and deposited on another.”

Suttle and his team found that viruses and bacteria are often swept up into the atmosphere by attaching themselves to particles in soil dust and sea spray. The researchers used platforms in Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains to detect how many viruses and bacteria were settling there every day. They found billions of viruses and tens of millions of bacteria being deposited there per square meter every day.

“Bacteria and viruses are typically deposited back to Earth via rain events and Saharan dust intrusions. However, the rain was less efficient removing viruses from the atmosphere,” adds study author Isabel Reche, a microbial ecologist from the University of Granada.

The full study is published in International Society for Microbial Ecology Journal.

This article was first published on February 8, 2018


  1. . . . . I’ll admit, it had me worried until I read this is for the Canadians . . . . “…800 million viruses deposited per square metre … that’s 25 viruses for each person in Canada,”. Good thing those Canadians have socialized health care.

  2. So early in the year, yet I believe we may have just found the winner of “The Sky is Falling!” award for 2018.

  3. With few exceptions, there is and always has been bacteria everywhere……This article must of been written by chicken little….THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING…..

  4. Most likely a government funded study with an outcome that will ensure future government funding for follow up studies.

  5. All vaccinated people should be wearing a mask for 3 weeks so they don’t infect others. Read the Manufacturers safety data sheet!

  6. Chemtrails. Another logical conclusion about genetically similar viruses occurring in different parts of the world is because they are being engineered/cultivated from a single source and being disbursed via chemtrails.

  7. And then, right along with this story, is another story below it, entitled, “Cover Your Mouth: Airborne Viruses Live For Nearly An Hour, Study Finds.”

    So which is it? They either travel the globe or live for only an hour once airborne – You can’t have it both ways, dumbazzes.

  8. This entire article sounds too much like the fable “The sky is falling”. Just a little too much ado about nothing – except promoting pharmaceuticals.

    I’m from the “ole school”. At 83 years young I’ve had only ONE “flu shot” – and that was when exiting the US Military. [1957] We were given the “shot” without our permission – in order to receive our honorable discharge. [At least that is how it was presented.] I came down with the flu two days before the orders of discharge, which included 4 additional years inactive duty. I did not disclose my fever, that would have meant confinement to sick bay until I recovered. I wanted to go home to my wife and family.

    Since then I’ve refused any and all “offers” for vaccinations. I’ve had only one other bought with flu, for 2 days. I am on 2 prescribed medications – the same dosage since 1993. I eat what I want, when I want and as much as i want. An EKG last march provided a completely normal reading.

    I submit my health is a gift from God – and staying AWAY from doctors and medications except when ABSOLUTELY necessary…


  10. All those planes playing tic tac toe. Its used to cull the people. We’re being culled like a wild herd of animals.

  11. Amazing! And chemtrails which are sprayed all over the world, every day, with impunity, no ones what’s in it, it takes a bright an sunny day and turns into overcast? Naw, that’s not the reason! As a matter of fact they don’t exist, just another conspiracy theory! Right? Thought so!

  12. SO…….the study JUST found out that viruses,bacteria, organisms, etc, etc…fall from the sky…does that mean that before the study they did not…..what an asinine article…what happens naturally has been happening since life was created on earth….The fact remains that most parasitic organisms cannot exist away from their host for a very short time and in most cases hours…..that is why when Europeans came to North America, their exposure to Native Americans wiped out millions and some cases 100% of certain tribes, because they brought diseases, like common cold, Diphtheria, chicken pox, and other microbes that can be airborne, but were not native to this continent….you never hear of diseases specific to Africa in North America.

  13. Ah we don’t need to worry about the streets of California where peoples deposit on the grounds, the deposits dry up and become powder to become airborne, no that is all coming from overseas you say?

  14. What’a ya know! Chicken Little was right! We’re all DOOMED!
    Good thing ole Mother nature gave us inherent antiviral immune systems.

  15. OM friggin G people…. They are now telling you that the sky is falling.
    Vaccines are for morons
    Vaccines are sold based on fear and if not for fear, no one would get one and fewer people would get sick.

  16. sounds like chemtrails to me. … besides the heavy metals, they have included mold spores and who knows what else. Vaccinations carry the same stuff ~ So glad that I have a healing Jesus and He is the great physician.

  17. And to think I survived six decades of breathing in air and now I learn it can kill me. How did I ever survive this long without the government??
    This article is a big pile of leftist crap and meant to instill fear and dependency on the government to fix something that isn’t broke in the first place!
    The world is, has been and always will be filled with millions and millions of viruses and bacteria so stop reading this kind of leftist crap and get on with life!!
    Ben Renner, get a life and stop playing like H.G. Wells and trying to spread panic in the country, you stupid, leftist, jackoff face!!

  18. Must take my wife to a distant pharmacy; –non-believer in natural healing. I’m into simple, affordable, available, garlic (SAAG). Take no meds ever for viruses induced illnesses of any kind. Would take Nano Silver So1lution 10 ppm (10 ppm) important!; but it is not yet available in distributions here in the Philippines… be back… I’m heading to my 80th birthday in June!

  19. And?
    If you have proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, no big deal.
    If you’re a junk food, sick fattie, oh well. Enjoy your sickness….

  20. Viruses are vulnerable to UV. How many of these viruses are actually viable? It doesn’t sound like many, if any, would survive the trip to high elevations.

    Despite the hoopla about the ozone layer, the main body of the atmosphere is what blocks UV.

    For example, here at 3500 feet, some 30% more UV reaches the ground than at sealevel, making sunburn much easier than at sealevel. Fewer viruses survive on surfaces as a result at this elevation.

    At higher elevations, the likelyhood of a virus surviving is much less. Besides the markedly-higher UV exposure, moisture dissipates much faster in low pressure, with both UV and the drying effect being lethal to viruses.

    So, how many viruses, if any, could survive a trip into the middle atmosphere? Physics and biology suggest none or very few.

  21. We live in a biological broth on earth. We breathe each others’ DNA and that of other species. We are in a constant evolutionary battle with pathogens and parasites, thus death.

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