FiveThirtyEight Asks How To Make Indoor Air Safer
The website FiveThirtyEight, known for statistical analysis, politics, and economics, looked to epidemiological and technology experts on how COVID-19 affects indoor air quality. Detailing how larger respiratory droplets that are between 5 and 10 microns across, quickly fall and settle on nearby surfaces, they reveal growing evidence that aerosol transmission of the virus is possible.
The conclusion is that the frontline battle of indoor air quality falls to a facility’s HVAC system. The experts focus on traditional methods of air replacement and filtration to combat the virus, but concede those methods can be expensive and not very effective.
Experts have understood for months that the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, can be spread by hitching a ride inside large respiratory droplets that are expelled when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. But there’s growing evidence that smaller airborne particles called aerosols can carry and spread the virus, too.
Overall, the pessimistic tone of the piece focused on little that can be done to battle the virus indoors. Surprisingly, the experts did not explore the promising technology of needlepoint bipolar ionization in HVAC systems. They could have revealed how a cost-effective and easy-to-install device can eliminate 99% airborne and 80% surface coronavirus surrogate within 10 minutes. Bipolar ionization works through the reaction of negatively and positively charged ions, attaching to airborne pathogens creating a chemical reaction and deactivating the viruses.
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