Business Insider (via Yahoo! News) details an instance in a restaurant in Guangzhou, China. An asymptomatic customer dined there, and researchers deduced that the restaurant’s air conditioning spread their disease throughout the space. In doing so, the researchers confirm that the use of air conditioning units can be dangerous without the proper defenses used with it.
House Beautiful praises thymol as an effective cleaning product to protect oneself from COVID-19. Thymol is a popular component due to its environmentally friendly and thorough clean that lacks the harsh side effects of bleach and chemicals. The article confirms that the EPA has designated products with thymol as effective treatments against the virus.
Hartford Healthcare reports that Air-conditioning systems might be spreading airborne infections in Florida and elsewhere when people gather indoors to escape the summer heat. The cooling systems circulate little outdoor air, considered critical in dispersing viral particles in the air. Indoors, people are also less likely to practice social distancing…
From January 26 through February 10, 2020, an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVD-19) affected 10 persons from 3 families (families A–C) who had eaten at the same air-conditioned restaurant in Guangzhou, China. One of the families had just traveled from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. We performed a detailed investigation that linked these 10 cases together. Our study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Better Homes reports that Thymol, a natural ingredient made from the Thyme plant, is the latest natural cleaner approved by the EPA. This herb-derived ingredient disinfects household surfaces without the harsh smell of bleach. Thymol comes from the oil of various herbs, including basil and thyme, a naturally anti-microbial botanical. Because this plant-based component breaks down quickly, it’s less harmful to the environment than other chemical cleaners. Plus, the botanical oil kills germs and bacteria without strong chemicals or the harsh smell of bleach.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a large surge in demand for disinfectant sprays and wipes. Manufacturers have struggled to keep up with this increase in demand and are working hard to adjust. Manufacturers say it will take time for supply and demand to rebalance and many items such as disinfectant wipes won’t be fully restocked at stores until 2021.Continue reading
Are we really ready for the new normal?
We’ll continue wiping down surfaces, groceries and items entering the home; taking care to change shoes and clothes upon returning from our travels. We’ll wash our hands and face often to prevent contamination, and wear the safety masks in restaurants and use gloves when handling objects when shopping. But, what about the air we breathe and the air duct systems in all the places we frequent that provide us conditioned air? One of the largest contributors of the coronavirus has proven to be the spread of the contagion in the air handling systems in cruise ships and restaurants.(see Reference 1.) Not to worry, Thymol is here. (see Reference 2)
Thymol is now available in a new all-natural product for your air handling systems. It’s the Duct Aid with Thymol Fogger. This do-it-yourself air duct sanitizer and deodorizer is available at a reasonable cost. A single can of the product retails for $29.99 including shipping. It’s a pleasant smelling fogger that can be added to any air duct system through a return vent or the air handler.
Traditional air duct cleaning by air conditioning companies can cost as much as $2000 or more, and the cleaners can be irritants to our respiratory systems. In less than 10 minutes, offensive odors as well as fungus, mold, bacteria and viruses are eliminated, without exposing your pets and family to harsh chemicals and cleaners.
How Does it Work? Well Let’s Go Geek for a Moment.
The active ingredient in Duct Aid is Thymol. It comes from the oil of common herbs and is a naturally occurring anti-microbial which means that it’s a plant-based anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-mold product. Thymol breaks down quickly and is less toxic and less harmful to the environment in comparison to other chemical cleaners. (See Reference 3.) In Duct Aid, Thymol crystals are the base of the formula used to clean these microbes from the air ducts.
The inventor, Ef Martinez, of Venice Florida, spent years assuring the fogger produced a fine mist propellant that would be carried through the system. The user turns off the air-conditioner and removes the filter but turns the fan on high for the short period that it takes to dispense the product. The patented fogger nozzle and actuator prevent the fogger from spraying the user in the face; and assures that the mist propels upward for the dispensing period. The self adhesive pad attaches to a clean surface in the air handler or at the return vent. The product can be dispensed hands-free on a clean surface, pointing to the return vent. Once the product is fully dispensed, a clean filter can be put into the air conditioner and its operation returned to normal.
Where Can I Use the Product? Can it help to reach a new normal? Yes, it can.
The product was developed by Ef to improve the air quality in his own home after struggling for years with allergies, and realizing that one of the primary concerns in his home was his duct system. After researching Lysol and other cleaning products, and even applying them to his own duct system in an effort to combat sleepless, allergic nights, he discovered Thymol as a natural solution.
The product can be used in cars, RVs, trucks, homes, apartments, Limos, buses, trains, planes. His travel size pump spray can be used to freshen masks. For those of us whose apartments or condominiums share retail and medical office spaces on the ground floors this product will put your mind at ease.
Does your office space or your car smell musty from being closed up during the pandemic? The Duct Aid with Thymol Fogger sanitizes musty, moldy areas and its odor. Additionally it kills bacteria, fungus preventing other microbes from moving in. The product can be used in innumerable ways for personal and commercial spaces and vehicles.
For more information on Thymol and the applications of the Duct Aid with Thymol product uses visit ductaid.com.
- Links associated with the spread of the virus through air systems and confined spaces: https://europepmc.org/article/med/32240078 and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891552007000591 and https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1201971220300916
- Links to EPA and Thymol. https://archive.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/web/pdf/3143fact.pdf
- Thymol in the News. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/7820388/the-epa-just-approved-this-natural-cleaner-to-kill-coronavirus-and-it-s-actually-amazing-to-use/ and https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannecroteau/2019/03/21/spring-cleaning-keeping-your-family-safe/#4eb353672f8b and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-28/these-best-hand-sanitizers-smell-good-kill-germs-and-soften-skin and https://www.bhg.com/news/thymol-natural-cleaner-coronavirus/ and https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/lifestyle/buy-disinfectant-wipes-online-1002777/