Can the SARS-CoV-2 infection spread through the use of air conditioning?

Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19, (ISRC) (2020) Can the SARS-CoV-2 infection spread through the use of air conditioning? i wonder.... p. 36. ISSN 2582-1636

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Abstract

According to a recent study, a SARS-CoV-2 infected person releases about 1000 droplets (containing viral particles) within a minute of loud speech. These droplets can remain airborne for at least 8 minutes. Thus, despite physical distancing, the SARS-CoV-2 infection may spread if people share the same air for prolonged periods in confined places with poor ventilation (i.e., without access to fresh air). This also means that centrally air-conditioned rooms may increase risk of infection. This is because A/Cs circulate air back into the same space repeatedly, thereby also circulating any contaminants (like virus particles) in the air.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19, (ISRC)
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Infection, transmission of COVID-19, Air conditioning
Subjects: Technology > Medicine & health > Promotion of health
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2890
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