Stop the Spread! How Air Circulation Can Fight COVID-19
With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health crisis still looming, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. Many of us are stuck at home, working and raising our children in the same environment. As we all try to do our part in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus, we can take extra precautions in our own homes to keep those who live with us and visit us safe.
According to the American Lung Association, bacteria and viruses can travel through air which increases the spread. Anytime someone with a bacteria or virus coughs or sneezes, tiny mucus droplets circulate through the air. And it’s been shown that these tiny droplets thrive in stagnant air and poorly ventilated spaces. In fact, the more stagnant the air is in a room, the more likely it is that the disease will infect others.
A new study conducted out of Wuhan China, featured in Bloomberg, found that high concentrations of the virus were found in crowded or highly-trafficked spaces that were poorly ventilated.
The world has never seen a pandemic like this before, but luckily, we’re learning new tools for combating this virus every day. We will get through this!
As a united front, we must each do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable populations.
In addition to practicing physical distancing, performing healthy habits like frequent hand washing, coughing or sneezing into our elbows, and avoiding touching our faces, research has also shown that effective ventilation helps keep bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants from spreading indoors.
When it comes to keeping our home virus-free, make sure to wipe down all surfaces and communal spaces on a regular basis, and keep each room in your home well-ventilated.
One of the most effective ways to circulate and ventilate the air in your living space is with a ceiling fan or standing fan.
Fans circulate the natural air in your home, which prevents the collection of stagnant air.
Just like stagnant air can increase the spread of bacteria and viruses, excess moisture and humidity has also been proven to spread and harbor disease.
The good news? Even as we approach these warmer, more humid months, ventilation and air circulation can also limit moisture which restricts the spread of bacteria and viruses, and limits dust and mold growth.
Making sure your living space is airy and well-ventilated is not only more comfortable for you and your guests, it’s an effective way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses like COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC’s website.