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does asbestos covered by wood stop the fibers?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Asbestos fibers if inhaled are very dangerous. If the fibers are not airborne, they pose no real danger. The hoopla over the "dangers of asbestos" from the 1980s was driven by politics and big money made in asbestos removal, as even the government eventually recognized.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

My dad used an asbestos welding blanket quite infrequently over a few years in the 80's.Now i'm worried he brought fibers home and I was exposed.Risk?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Relax: There's a lot of asbestos around. Tragically, millions of people actually inhaled the stuff long-term. Fibers in a blanket aren't a real danger.

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