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Drop in mask mandates increases need for air-purifying systems
As mask mandates are dropped, some organisations are concerned that government officials are moving too fast. To address this and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, these organisations are selecting advanced, disinfecting air-purifying systems for their facilities.
Traditional air-purifying systems have internal fans that pull air through filters. The filters remove dust, soils, and contaminants from the air and circulate cleaner air back into the room.
However, according to Jenna Riffer of LuxDisinfect Air Purifiers, a leading manufacturer of this technology and AFFLINK member, advanced disinfecting air purifiers go further.
"At least one advanced air purifying system has HEPA filters capable of capturing particulate matter with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers with a 99.99% disinfecting efficiency," she says.
Just how small is 2.5 micrometers? That's about 3% the diameter of a human hair.
"Along with being able to capture the pathogen that causes Covid-19, these systems can filter out other harmful particulates found in indoor air."
Further, Jenna says some systems use 'UVC technology.' This technology effectively eliminates (kills) bacteria, germs, and pathogens found in indoor air.
Elkins School District in Elkins, Arkansas, is one of many school districts using such air purifying systems.
Jeremy Mangrum, the district's superintendent, reports that: "The devices have worked flawlessly from the time we put them in classrooms. We have seen very low Covid numbers in our district, and no student-to-student infections have been detected."
An urgent care/laser skin care center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, also uses the LUX system.
"I have one system running all the time in my waiting room," says Dr Jeff Parker, with the Northport Urgent Care and Laser Skin Care Centre. "It helps us ensure good air quality in our facility, offering our patients and staff this added protection."
Even though mask mandates are coming down, some public health officials believe we will be living with the Coronavirus for years to come. With this in mind, Jenna says: "Keeping indoor air clean and purified is one of the best options we have to keep people safe and healthy."
3rd March 2022