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Yes. Dispose of them IMMEDIATELY.
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On the Hoarding shows, they always call it a health hazard and remove using gas makes. Also, airborne germs spread easily in a hospital, so why not a home?
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Why leave them I Dispose of them every day do not leave them in a pile of first of all it smells and after a while you’ll get used to the smell won’t even know it smells but other people will also it’s not good for your health
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dirty diapers should be disposed of daily..esp #2 should go outside in garbage can right away & then I wash commode w bleach even though waste went into bag
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Mold, ammonia. IF someone has a superbug uti, yes there is a chance of catching a nasty, at least one is airborne and can get into the lungs-forget the name of it but my senior had it and it was a glove and gown and mask thing, even when he got home from the hosp. But it was a SUPERbug uti.

Weeks at a time is much too long. My partner was in diapers for awhile and still uses them from time to time and would just throw them on the floor. I tried boxes, bags, trashcans and still he would put them on the floor. So its glove up, mask on, go play fetch. Now he has gotten great at putting them in the trash and the trash goes out twice a week. It just took buying a trash can that appealed to whatever is wrong with his demented brain. The thing that got me was POTTY CHAIR. He was more than capable of passing his bowel in the bathroom, but he would FILL the potty chair with piss n poo and LEAVE it for DAYS, I mean in an HOUR its nasty. He eats in there too, and couldnt smell it. Id open the door and insta gag. I bought some poo pouri stuff, he can actually smell it (I HATE IT, its being smothered in another scent) and guess who now uses the REAL bathroom.

But weeks at a time...there is a word for that...its called HOARDING.
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gdaughter Mar 18, 2019
Well....that's an interesting twist on hoarding theory...just to add as well that I have heard fecal matter in particular can spread germs, which is why it is suggested for everyone to close the lid before flushing...The local board of health may be able to weigh in on specifics and maybe knows what will help.
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Airborne? I can only think of one. Mold. Whether someone is sensitive to mold is the deciding factor. Some people get quite ill with a tiny sniff of the spores being released into the air. Others don't even notice.

All the other things discussed, like bacteria, aren't airborne. You could make it airborne by atomizing it like flinging it into the blades of a fan. I would suggest not doing that.
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Why aren’t the diapers thrown out immediately? Who leaves diapers laying around in a room? Can you explain further please?

My mom wears pull ups at night and I pitch them first thing in the morning. I can’t take the smell. I don’t want mom to be exposed to it. Get it out of the room immediately, right?

Plus, my mom eats in her room most of the time and who wants to eat in a bathroom?
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I would call it a health hazard. When I had Mom I tried getting as much in the toilet as possible. I had a plastic med size trash can with a lid that you use your foot to open. I put in a trash bag to line it. I rolled the diaper up as best I could went disposing of it. If using one with tabs, I used a tab to secure. As soon as the container was full. the diapers went out to the trash. (I always had a Glade stick up inside too) The trash can got sprayed with Lysol and a new bag inserted. They still make Geni's. I loved mine for my daughter.
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Um, of course this is a very unsanitary situation, whether there is airborne sickness involved or not....is there a reason the dirty adult diapers have been left in a room for weeks at a time?
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I don't think there is any danger from just entering the house or room, I'd want protective gear and a mask if you are actually removing the mess and cleaning up though.
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Cwould it be that an ammonia smell just gets worse? That is s noxious and harmful gas. Otherwise fecal matter is a contact bacteria
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Countrymouse Mar 15, 2019
Dry, pulverised, wafting around fecal matter..?

Grooooo, my head is spinning...
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I'm so distracted by the thought of how MANY reasons there are not to leave soiled diapers lying around anywhere for weeks at a time that I can't really focus on your main question.

Are you trying to put together an argument for removing a caregiver, or removing a person to residential care, or to explain to a person why s/he mustn't leave used diapers lying around, or to trace the cause of a disease, or what?

I expect there is a possibility of airborne bacteria causing a problem, it would make sense, yes; but surely this isn't the main concern?
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