With the holiday season and cold weather upon us, skyrocketing COVID cases have many people worried and confused about what the next few months will bring. With promising vaccine studies giving us the first glimmer of hope since March 2020, people are feeling cautiously optimistic. In the past, people may have had to refrain from social gatherings due to illness with the flu or cold. It's likely you have experienced increased winter risk of respiratory virus infection with the yearly "flu season". As respiratory viruses have similar characteristics, SARS-CoV-2 is predicted to thrive in cold climates. Research has found that SARS-CoV-2 prefers cold, dry conditions out of direct sunlight and transmission is greater in close, unventilated quarters and unfortunately the winter weather provides all those conditions.

Routine air testing and monitoring is now an essential part of operating in the pandemic. Especially during the winter, when windows and doors remain shut against the cold, the airflow in buildings is typically quite poor. But there has been a revolution in thinking amongst air quality control specialists. The aim used to be maximizing the energy efficiency by re-circulating as much air as possible before CO2 levels get too high and make people drowsy. Now the aim is to let in as much outside air as possible so as to dilute out and replace any virus-loaded air. There are companies applying artificial intelligence to perform this balancing act of building air control. When air is not refreshed, but is mostly recirculated, and that reused air is being heated, vast quantities of very dry, recirculated air are produced. This creates a hotspot for viral transmission just in time for upcoming holiday events.

Back in 2013, at the annual meeting of American Association for Aerosol Research, Inspirotec announced its capability of measuring viruses in the air, in work together with the US Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. Then with Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis virus, today with COVID-19, AirAnswers® provides the tools. Weekly testing of indoor air brings peace of mind and confidence that businesses, restaurants, and gathering spaces are taking measures that successfully eliminates the spread of COVID-19.

Now that there is a glimmer of hope for wide availability of vaccines by early summer 2021, the next few months are more crucial than ever to routinely test indoor air in addition to following proper CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your family so everyone can be together next holiday season.

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