Air Conditioning suspected to play major role in coronavirus spread | DW News

published on July 9, 2020

A common sight for these coronavirustimespeople pouring off public transportwearingface masks looking for that first gulpof fresh airmasks in many places are compulsory

But as the weather gets warmer is thatenough to ease worriesi feel if i have a mask on my childrenand i try tomake sure that i'm like one and a halfor two meters away from somebody who

Also has masksi feel quite sure obviously you can't betoo safe butif you want to get it around this iswhat you have to domost modern trams and buses are fitted

With air conditioning unitswhich draw fresh air from the outsidebut go underground and it's a slightlydifferent storythough passenger numbers are still downcompared to before the pandemic

Carriages are starting to fill up againunlike trams and buses most undergroundsystems around the world don't have airconditioningand so in confined spaces without muchventilation

These are considered higher riskdespite the lack of air conditioningtransport officials point to othersources of airflowthey use a lot of outside air toventilate the vehicles the whole time

That they're going and they're drivingthen of course at the stations the doorsopen up so you have ventilation therethe stations itself are ventilated bythe trains going back and forth becauseyou have these huge trains

Pushing in with a speed moving out theaira coronavirus outbreak at a meat plantin northern germany has putair conditioning under the spotlightagain

It follows a chinese study thatsuggested air conditioning helped spreadthe virus to diners in a guangzhourestaurantif the air conditioner has a movement ofthe air

They can transferthe the droplets of the virusesfrom one to the another therefore youneedmuch more air fresh air from the outsidein such cases

Scientists admit it's too early to makeany firm conclusions aboutair conditioning units as well as freshair they sayhigh efficiency filters can help reducethe presence of the virus

Such filters are what airlines useinside their cabinsrecycling the airflow every three orfour minutesbut this only kicks in during the flightand not

Before and after these air conditionshas to be active before the passionpassengersentered the plane we think thatair dry air promotes uh formation ofaerosols

And consequently the possibility of aninfectionas summer and the holiday seasonapproaches this yearthere's more than simply just thedestination to consider

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