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Improving indoor air quality is key to stopping spread of Covid-19

Improving indoor air quality is necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in hospitals and nursing homes, according to researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research. 

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, there has been an increasing number of reports of transmission occurring via particles in the indoor air of hospitals and nursing homes. 

This includes an example in the Netherlands where the virus spread via the ventilation system because unfiltered indoor air was being circulated. 

Therefore, the researchers have said in situations where infected and healthy people may be indoors for a long period of time, it is essential to have a constant supply of fresh air either through an air conditioning system or through adequate ventilation. 

When it is not possible to ventilate the room sufficiently, air purifiers may also be helpful in reducing the concentration of viruses in the room. 

The research team have emphasised that the training of hospital and nursing home staff is extremely important to prevent the spread of viruses via indoor air. 

Professor Aldred Widensohler, lead author of the study said: ‘The complexity of the aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, especially indoors, is far from being solved and there is a need to establish appropriate guidelines to protect medical staff.

‘With this publication, we are therefore trying to give recommendations for measures that could contribute to the containment of not only current but also future virus pandemics.

Dr Ajit Ahlawat added: ‘As protection against the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via the air in closed rooms, especially in cold and dry weather, we recommend humidifiers to keep the relative humidity in the room in the range of 40 to 60% and to reduce the risk of respiratory tract infection.

‘It is in this middle range that the human mucous membranes are most resistant to infections. In addition, the viruses in the aerosol particles can survive at a relative humidity around 50% for less time than in drier or high humid air.’

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9 months ago

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Jackson Williams
6 months ago

Oh wow, I didn’t know that air humidifiers could have this much effect in increasing a home’s safety against the coronavirus. I’d just like to ask about air purification systems, do they also bring a big impact on increasing a home’s indoor air quality and safety from COVID-19? Because I’ve been thinking about getting an air purification system from Clover Services for a while now to hopefully keep my home safe from the coronavirus by further improving my indoor air quality aside from getting a humidifier. Any information that you can give regarding this would be greatly appreciated, thanks!