Every year, we are faced with the same question during seasonal epidemics such as influenza or gastrointestinal outbreaks: are air purifiers effective against viruses and other germs? This year, the frequency of that question has heavily increased due to the coronavirus epidemic and the great anxiety it generates. The answer is our air purifiers are capable of destroying 99.9% of airborne viruses and bacteria. However it is useful to know how germs spread.
How do Germs Spread?
Before we explain the antibacterial effect of our air purifiers, we must first understand how microorganisms make us sick, and why they are particularly active in winter.
There are two main factors that help explain why there are so many epidemics in winter compared to the rest of the year: close proximity of others and poor air circulation. And both these factors are commonly caused by cold weather: we all tend to stay inside where it is warm and air out our homes less. These two conditions combined are extremely conducive to the development of microbes.
Whether at home, at work or in a public place (public transport, schools, etc.) these places tend to be poorly ventilated when temperatures drop. Resting in close proximity of other humans, which is increased in winter in public transportation and at the office, greatly facilitates the spread of diseases. And there are many transmission channels: whether by direct contact (touching someone sick), indirect contact (touching a doorknob), or by projection (when a sick person coughs or sneezes and projects microscopic droplets filled with germs). Droplets remain suspended in the air or on surfaces and can be contagious for more than 24 hours.
To avoid getting sick, the best solutions are to avoid crowded areas and to air out your space often. But this is not always possible (at the office for example) or easy when it is cold outside. This is where our air purifier can help you fight the spread of diseases, among its many other functions.
Warning: please note that air purifiers are by no means an all-in-one solution to fight by itself the coronavirus or any other epidemic. While using our devices can indeed effectively purify the air in your space, this does not in any way prevent the transmission of the virus by other means. The usual hygienic precautions therefore remain essential. More information here
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