People who are infected with COVID can release particles and droplets of respiratory fluids that contain the SARS CoV-2 virus into the air when they exhale (e.g., quiet breathing, speaking, singing, exercise, coughing, sneezing)…These droplets carry the virus and transmit infection.
Indoors, the very fine droplets and particles will continue to spread through the air in the room or space and can accumulate.
Inhalation of virus in the air can occur at distances greater than six feet. Particles from an infected person can move throughout an entire room or indoor space. The particles can also linger in the air after a person has left the room – they can remain airborne for hours …
Some circumstances increase the risk of infection:
Being indoors rather than outdoors, particularly in indoor environments where ventilation with outside air is inadequate
Activities that increase emission of respiratory fluids, such as speaking loudly, singing, or exercising
Prolonged time of exposure (e.g. longer than a few minutes)
Crowded spaces, particularly if face coverings are inconsistently or improperly worn
EPA recommends increasing ventilation with outdoor air and air filtration as important components of a larger strategy that may include physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings or masks, surface cleaning , handwashing, and other precautions.
Published 19/8/2021 by
Environment Protection Agency
These are respiratory droplets that are less than 100 micrometers in diameter that can remain suspended in the air for hours.
These are particles that are larger than 300 micrometres and, due to air currents, fall to the ground in seconds.
1,200 aerosols are released for each droplet
Scientists have shown that these particles can infect people who spend more than a few minutes within a five-meter radius of an infected person, depending on the length of time and the nature of the interaction.
For more useful information, refer to EL PAIS, “A room, a bar and a classroom; how the coronavirus is spread through the air”
29 Oct 2020
The graph shows the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) value for a MESP filter after 100 cycles of washing.
A brand new MESP filter was used and its CADR of particulate matter was tested as the initial value.
The CADR value shows no obvious change. CADR fluctuation range:-5.2%~+2.7%.
Conclusion: The CADR has no attenuation even after 100 cycles of washing.
Throughout history, schools have been considered second homes for a variety of reasons. This is why it should be a safe, encouraging, and healthy learning environment for their students. But of all the measures and practices implemented to secure their welfare, there is something that most educational institutions often miss: indoor air quality.
Common indoor air contaminants in school buildings
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||Emitted by building and furniture materials, cleaning products, pesticides and tobacco smoke.|
|Viruses and molds||Due to poorly maintained HVAC systems|
|Carbon Monoxide||Generated by indoor and outdoor combustion|
|Formaldehyde||Paint and adhesives|
|Carbon dioxide||School and animal waste, human activities, excessive energy consumption|
|Particulate Matter||Emissions from vehicles, printing and photocopying equipment, infrequent vacuuming and dusting, etc|
The air pollutants listed above are often overlooked and neglected, but they must not be. Depending on the type of pollutant, its effects can be visible immediately or even years later.
Problems associated with poor indoor air quality
Poor indoor air quality affects us all, but it may pose a greater risk in children than adults since their lungs and other organs are still developing. This makes them more vulnerable to damage which can have both immediate effects – such as causing asthma – and long-term effects – such as reducing their lung volume for life.
Second, children breathe faster than adults. A typical adult takes between 12 and 18 breaths a minute. A 3-year-old child takes 20 to 30 breaths a minute, and a newborn takes 30 to 40. So young children are breathing in the polluted air 2-3 times as much as adults are, according to UNICEF.
Students exposed to stale indoor air at school can suffer from a range of short-term to long-term physical and mental health issues.
Managing indoor air quality in schools
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven school administrators worldwide to implement stringent precautions to keep classrooms safe and healthy. Aside from mask and vaccine laws, the utilization of air quality monitors as one of the indoor air quality tools in schools is recognized as an innovative technique for mitigating the negative impacts of poor indoor air on children.
LoRaWAN Ambience Monitoring Sensor is the most advanced indoor air quality sensor that monitors up to 9 factors affecting air quality, including carbon dioxide, fine particulate matter, VOCs, formaldehyde, temperature, humidity and more.
Monitoring CO2 levels is a good indicator of ventilation. This allows school administrators to ensure that facilities have a supply of fresh air, thus reducing health risks such as asthma attacks and viral infections. Meanwhile, data insights can be viewed using a centralized dashboard which can be used by school staff when taking actions to ensure students’ safety, productivity and outstanding academic performance. To learn more about LoRaWAN Ambience Monitoring Sensors capabilities and technology that are suitable for every school’s IAQ monitoring requirements, read more.
Even though HEPA filter was first designed and created in the 1940s, and as a result are more widely known, they pale in comparison with MESP. MESP can produce better than HEPA level of efficacy while producing far less pressure drop (air resistance). This is why MESP filters can provide high-efficiency filtration solutions in application areas where HEPA would be unsuited – such as HVAX systems.
Furthermore, MESP filters can be easily cleaned and reused repeatedly, which helps users to save the cost and time to replace HEPA filters. Various tests have been done to prove the effectiveness of the MESP filter after 100 cycles of washing – refer to the CADR test report above.
As there are many factors that can affect Indoor Air Quality, here are 7 simple ways to improve your indoor air quality:
M8 carbon filter absorbs VOCs like formaldehyde. When used together with MESP filter, the air sterilizers are able to eliminate virus, bacteria particulate matters and remove formaldehyde and tVOCs.
We recommend getting the carbon filter for homes or commercial space that were recently renovated, places with heavy cooking activities or indoor smokers.
Not sure if you need the carbon filter? Contact us for a free consultation.
As commonly known, UV lights or UV-C is one of the effective air sterilizing technology in the market but UV radiation is harmful to our eye and skin and some UV-C air sterilizers emits ozone creating a health risk for you and your family. In fact, it’s the most damaging type of UV light out there. Running a UV light technology can be costly in terms of electricity bill and replacing the UV light bulb.
Meanwhile, HEPA technology is an example of air purifier. HEPA filters are a complex mat of pleated fibers that capture virus and bacteria instead of destroying them and therefore need to be replaced regularly.
To resolve the above issues, AirQuality Technology designed MESP technology (Micro-Electrostatic Precipitator) that uses high Voltage, low Wattage concept to totally eliminate virus, bacteria and other particles in the air. The MESP filter is washable and can be used for more than 10 years without losing its effectiveness (Lab Test Proven – News)