Thursday, September 24, 2009

Influenza Airborne, Not in Your Hands

A recent CNN article, “Some doubt hand washing stops H1N1” suggest that although hand washing is great at preventing the common cold and other illnesses, there really isnʼt much evidence that hand
washing fights the H1N1 virus.

This is because the virus is much less stable on the skin; instead it flourishes in the droplets of water that are expelled when one coughs or sneezes. Also breathing in airborne particles results in ingesting a larger dose of the virus. The CDC recommends that you remain at least 6 feet away from an infected person if possible to prevent the more common
airborne transmission.

Caricoʼs Air Purification system uses 10 separate stages to trap airborne viruses and particles. I clean it about once per month and the filter cartridge is literally covered with dust and other unknown particleʼs.

If that unknown dust or virus were not trapped in the air filter where would it be? In the carpet, in the air or even worse, in any of our respiratory systems.

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