Hartford Healthcare Asks: Can an HVAC Duct Spread COVID-19 in Offices, Stores and Schools?

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A possible COVID-19 superspreader on the loose isn’t even human. It’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems in corporate offices, retail stores, and schools across the country.

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…

CDC Reports: COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with Air Conditioning

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.

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Better Homes: Thymol Is the Latest Natural Cleaner Approved by the EPA to Kill Coronavirus

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.

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What You Can Do If There’s a Shortage of Disinfectants in Your Area

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.

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