Should I use air conditioning during this pandemic?
“A study that links air conditioning with a coronavirus outbreak at a restaurant in China is not what Southern Nevadans want to hear about on Wednesday, which is predicted to be the Las Vegas Valley’s first triple-digit day of 2020.
Dr. Christina Madison, an associate professor of pharmacy practice at Roseman University of Health Sciences, said the air-conditioning unit in the restaurant likely was not a central air unit. Add in an asymptomatic diner, a room with no outside ventilation and an exposure time of up to 73 minutes and, she says, “it was almost like a perfect storm.”
The study underscores the value of social distancing, said Madison, noting that the restaurant’s customers were packed in tightly.
The study also illustrates the value of paying attention to air flow patterns inside a room. Labus said business owners might want to “think about where vent placements are” and lay out a room in a way that protects employee and guests.”
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If you’re sheltered at home with no visitors and guests, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t use air conditioning in your house. The only reason you should be concerned is if someone in your house is confirmed to have COVID-19. In that case, they should be isolated and away from other individuals in your household. As mentioned above, the chance of contracting this virus from the transmission of air droplets is highly unlikely with proper ventilation.
At Team Mechanical, our HVAC technicians follow proper guidelines set forth by the CDC and state officials. Your safety is important to us just as much as your comfort is. Call us at 612-729-5646 or visit our cooling systems page for more information on our AC services.