Change filters frequently

A check list and opinion updates on how you can help the situation and maintain healthy indoor environment while the city is going into lockdown

3 why to change filters

Virus creates restrictions
State authorities recommend people to stay indoors. Schools, public spaces and restaurants are closed. This is done to minimize the spread of the virus.
Air gets stale and CO2 level jumps up
When people stay indoor all the time, as we already do, the air gets stale and as more people are exhaling the co2 indoor environment isn't healthy anymore. The research says:
"Americans, on average, spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations" the EPA says.
Air Filter change or ERV system installation will help to normalize the co2-oxygen balance and make it safer to stay indoors.
1. Your furnace filters' purpose is to catch dust, rest of the particles and (not yet proven but in research) HEPA filters manufacturers stay for the support that those filters can potentially catch the virus cells and keep them inside the filter for the lifetime of the virus. Which is by the last update by UCLA Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Research Group is up to 72 hours.

2. The ERV system helps to filtrate the air. It's a new market solution.
🌥 What researchers say:
The WHO had previously estimated the survival time on surfaces to be a "few hours to a few days" based on research on other coronaviruses.
"This virus has the capability for remaining viable for days," says study author, James Lloyd-Smith, an assistant professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who researches how pathogens emerge.
Mehmet Oz - cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Columbia University advised using a humidifier or HEPA filter to improve air quality and decrease the number of virus particles in the air. But "typical HEPA filter is not going to be able to remove coronavirus from the air," Erin Sorrell, an assistant professor of microbiology and a member of Georgetown's Center for Global Health Science and Security, told Buzzfeed News, explaining that the virus size is too small.
☀️ Can HEPA filters capture particles the size of a coronavirus?
"Air filtration does not kill viruses, but is recommended to improve air quality and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission" citing a New York Times op-ed by Joseph Allen an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Proper ventilation, filtration and humidity reduce the spread of pathogens like the new coronavirus. The spokesperson also noted certain HEPA filters are part the CDC's coronavirus protocol for filtering air from isolation rooms.
☀️ Can UV-lamp lights burn out the virus?
Ultraviolet Bactericidal Irradiation - a disinfection method when shortwave ultraviolet light (UV-C) kills or inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and destroying their DNA, making them unable to perform vital cellular functions.
UVGI is used in various fields such as food, air, and water treatment.
Learn more about the latest study results here
At home steps to fight the virus from getting in
Is ERV is efficient for NYC and NJ indoor quarantine?
Not everyone can develop the habit of keeping windows open 2 times a day for 15 minutes, and you don't have to think about it at night when in bedrooms and offices behind closed doors, where many stay up until late carbon dioxide levels can exceed the norm (up to 1000ppt) twice.

Moisture and pollutants from the street enter the room through open windows, the ERV doesn't let it happen

Open windows reduce the energy efficiency of the house, but still does reduce the CO2 stale effect.

Apart from ERV beneficial evidence, keeping windows open, if there's no other room filtration is still better than nothing. Take actions - save your health. You only have one body to use. Please, take extra care of your indoor environment for the virus period.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
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