Can coronavirus be transmitted through an air conditioner?


As summer season nears  and the specter of COVID-19 nonetheless persists, the subsequent fear is whether or not coronavirus can be  transmitted from  air conditioners (A/C) — a necessity of summers.

Health consultants have, nonetheless, instructed that the possibilities of contracting coronavirus A/C ducts are near zero.

According to a report printed by Gulf News, well being knowledgeable Dr Adil Sajwani say that the possibilities of transmitting the virus through the A/C is low and near zero as research have proven COVID-19 was not airborne.

“So far, we have not seen any evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through air conditioning systems,” he stated. “The virus is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. If there is a possibility that the virus can transmit through an air-shaft then all of us would be infected by now.”

He added that if an contaminated particular person is staying in the identical constructing it doesn’t imply they’ll infect different residents through the air. “It can only happen through close contact scenarios,” he stated.

Referring to a examine that had been carried out in China earlier this 12 months on a cluster of coronavirus instances that had all originated from the identical restaurant, Sajwani stated, “It wasn’t through the air conditioning system.”

“The study was conducted in a restaurant with 91 customers, only nine people were infected because they were with direct contact with patients not because the virus spread in the air,” he added.

Another knowledgeable, Dr Ahmad Al Addin from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), has additionally there was no proof of virus transmitting through the airducts.

“There is no scientific proof that you can transmit COVID-19 through air-ducts,” he stated.

Dr Added added, “There is no physical proof it happened or can happen. As a precautionary measure, people should clean the filters and use multimedia filters (which utilises three or more layers of gravel rather than just sand in the filter) as well as keeping the temperature between 20 to 25°C.” 

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