We wanted to know whether or not mold that grows within a home can kill people, so we asked the mold experts at Elite Moisture Solutions in Raleigh North Carolina just how dangerous mold can be, and here’s what they said. First off, they indicated right away that mold will not kill you. It probably will not even make most people sick, but it is very likely to cause problems for children and infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems and existing health conditions. However, even these people will likely not die because of exposure to mold. For many people, inhaling spores of mold will only cause allergic reactions.

How mold growing in crawlspaces can severely affect those with respiratory issues but won’t kill them

Mold can severely affect people with respiratory issues. Excessive exposure to mold can reduce lung function and cause chronic health problems. It causes allergic reactions such as sneezing, red eyes, skin rashes, and runny nose.

It can also result in shortness of breath and asthma attacks for people suffering from asthma. Besides exacerbating allergies and asthma, it can create brand new types of them, thus further deteriorating the health of a person battling respiratory issues. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is an uncommon disease, is known to have been linked with exposure to indoor mold in those people who have weak immune systems.

However, none of this means that a person can die because of inhaling mold.

Various symptoms resulting from having excessive house mold

  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Respiratory problems such as wheezing
  • Cough
  • Tightness in chest
  • Throat irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Sneezing fits

Covid-19 and mold

With the rise in Covid-19 cases around the world, it is becoming increasingly necessary that any chances of coming down with respiratory issues are eliminated. This is because the novel Coronavirus is more likely to affect those individuals who have underlying health conditions. And as both mold and the Coronavirus cause lung diseases, any type of mold in houses be removed as soon as possible.

Those susceptible to Covid-19 are facing yet another threat, mold, which can weaken their immune system and lower their resistance to Covid-19. Therefore, mold should be removed as soon as it can be.


Paul Petersen