With this alarming headline, how do we reduce our risk from the airborne transmission of COVID-19?
Remember when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its announcement that COVID-19 can spread through airborne particles?
Not to spread panic, the coronavirus is frightening not only because of the speed it spreads but also because it’s so new that experts learn something about it everyday.
Since July, hundreds of public health experts worldwide had been telling officials to take the airborne spread theory of COVID-19 more seriously.
Even the World Health Organization has admitted it is monitoring the airborne evidence of COVID-19 transmission suspecting that particles of the virus remain in the air for up to three hours.
In April, the New England Journal of Medicine likewise looked at the airborne transmission documenting how the virus lasts on plastic and steel and how long it stayed as aerosolized particles.
Aerosolized particles get formed when fluids containing the virus get expelled from a person.
Aerosolized particles cling to dust or moisture present in the air and stay there.
Researchers discovered that the airborne particles with the virus stay afloat before falling and sticking to a new surface.
An expert in virus transmission by aerosol at Virginia Tech, Linsey Marr, suggested that the airborne coronavirus transmission is like cigarette smoke because the closer and sooner one person is exposed to another person who exhaled the cigarette smoke, the more one is likely to inhale that smoke.
However, the risk of COVID-19 getting inhaled through aerosolized particles decreases the further away a person is from the other person who exhaled the smoke and the longer time passed.
It is a fact that social distancing and mask-wearing are still important.
It is also important to wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.
Washing hands or using a backup hand sanitizer is also a must after using the bathroom, before eating and whenever you think you need it.
Keep everything clean and continue disinfecting high-touch surfaces like doorknobs.
In the same light, the CDC, before it pulled out the aerosolized particle theory on the spread of COVID-19 just this September, said that “indoor environments without good ventilation” increases the risk of contacting the virus through respiratory droplets.
Though it has always been important to keep our space well-ventilated, it is now a matter of life and death.
Air conditioning, though able to regulate temperature in a room, is not an ideal option because evidence suggests it may even play a role in indoor virus transmission.
Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program and a professor of exposure assessment science at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that we have to “Get outdoor air moving.”
However, opening windows and letting in fresh air is not possible for everyone specially if one is living in a busy, traffic-prone and polluted city.
Experts working on putting an end to the coronavirus pandemic also supports the use of a humidifier because indoor humidity should be at around 40 to 60% for it to become a line of defense against COVID-19.
Still, those with asthma know that using humidifiers isn’t a good idea.
Humidifiers can make asthma worse if they get used nonstop and made to run too high,
This makes the air very humid.
Humidifiers also cannot forgo regular cleaning.
Besides, airborne minerals, when you use tap water for the humidifier, may also irritate lungs.
Thus, it is not surprising that experts recommend using air sterilizers.
Cleen UV’s Vulcan Series of Air Sterilizers are just perfect.
Vulcan 80 Air Sterilizer and Vulcan 82 Air Sterilizer kill more of the coronavirus, by any other means, as it gets into its air stream.
As air goes through the Cleen UV device, it passes through 3 filters and UV-C light-emitting energy in the 254nm range.
Any virus within an area of 150-180 square foot for the Cleen UV Vulcan 80 and and an area of approximately 250-350 sf for Cleen UV Vulcan 82 gets deactivated.
During these times when the taken-for-granted powers of nature wouldn’t be enough, it’s time to bring in technology to harness nature’s hard to use powers, like ultraviolet radiation (UV).
Let’s reap the powers of nature’s light.
The power of ultraviolet light technology.
Note: The information on COVID-19 present is what is known at the time of writing.