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By Sharonya Kundu

Coronavirus is airborne. It can stay in the air for hours as it is light and small. According to the (ISHRAE) Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, these are the few broad tips and some specific recommendations on how we can capture the virus and remove it from the air to prevent infection at homes and other spaces.

If your room is too dry, the mucous membrane inside your lungs dries out and cannot keep the foreign particles like germs and dust away. That leaves you prone to infections. It is best to maintain a humidity level between 40 to 70 percent. Studies show bacterias are more infective when humidity is below 40 percent, and above 80 percent can neutralize the coronavirus. So it is good to maintain moist air temperature. Viruses can survive better at very low temperatures. And the most important thing is ventilation. It is necessary for reducing virus concentration indoors.

Room air conditioners circulate air within a single room, limiting the virus to a part of the house. They draw fresh air through filters that remove dust and other particles, but leaving a door or window slightly open can also increase the outflow of air - stopping virus spread between the rooms. Rooms should be kept at 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, depending on the humidity. If the air is dry set the temperature closer to 30 degrees Celsius.

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