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Humidifiers and COVID-19

15th March 2020


Keeping our homes healthy and free from COVID-19.

Higher humidity levels greatly reduce the average surface lifespan of the coronavirus and decrease the risk of community transmission.

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If you're anything like us here at BAREAIR, then you've probably started to incorporate some anti-coronavirus tips into your daily routine. We've begun to wash our hands incessantly, work from home, and limit our outings drastically.

With this, we believe that it is just as, if not more, important to understand how the coronavirus spreads, acknowledging and understanding how the virus infects people, and actively investing time in building up knowledge to help you and your loved ones stay safe.

Over the past few days, our team has been consulting expert-opinions and thoroughly studying what there is to know on the topic of the coronavirus. We've done our best in an attempt to condense the hundreds of articles out there into a 3-minute read and give it to you plain & simple - the key to creating a safer environment might just be humidity.

An article written just weeks ago, states:

“What can the public do to defend against the COVID-19 coronavirus?  One simple answer is to ramp up humidification at home and in the workplace, if humidity levels are low. Hospitals treating cases of viral respiratory infection may be advised to do the same.

Why has the coronavirus COVID-19 had only a minimal impact in tropical countries while temperate zone countries such as China, Korea, Italy, Iran and the United States have suffered outbreaks? Humidity, and especially indoor humidity, seems to hold the key.

This new research suggests that warmer, more humid weather will soon bring relief to countries now affected by COVID-19. Until then, indoor humidification and the use of face masks may save many lives and ultimately help the world turn the corner in the fight against this epidemic.”

Here's how it works: 

As researchers have found, and to the best of our current knowledge, the way the coronavirus spreads is by allowing it into your body via your face.

Of course, if someone with the coronavirus sneezes in your face, your chances aren't great. However, you can also contract COVID-19 if you happen to even touch a surface that someone else with the illness also recently interacted with.

Somebody could have been shopping without knowing they had the virus; the payment machine at the checkout, the trolley they were using, and maybe even an employee at the store could pass that virus onto you.

But here's where things get interesting; as long as the virus does not enter your system through your face, you are most likely safe. This means that if you wash your hands thoroughly, you should be free from practically all the risk you could’ve incurred by touching things.

Cool, but that doesn’t solve all our problems.

What about what you were wearing? What about your door handle you opened before washing your hands, your keys, or your wallet and purse? What if the coronavirus got onto something else, and you ended up touching those things

You are absolutely right in assuming that if you have come into contact with the coronavirus, it's probably on much more than just your hand, and if you've watched the news lately, this is when they tell you to remember to disinfect everything... but how do you simply "disinfect everything?"

The right humidity level is essential.

Current research suggests that the virus' lifespan is only that of a few hours in the right conditions.

In certain environments, the virus can live up to days, but generally, any viruses that are present on a surface will die in under a day.

The coronavirus is particularly weak to humid and hot settings, but there's not much you can do to control the temperature outside.

Humidity, on the other hand, is much easier to control. Typical household humidity levels are between 20-40%, and in an academic paper published by the American Society for Microbiology, it was found that the virus dies significantly quicker at higher humidity levels up to 80%.

In fact, a recent study found that an 18-degree Fahrenheit jump, from 68 degrees to 86 degrees, decreased how long SARS lasted on steel surfaces by at least half. New research also found that increases in relative humidity reduce how readily the virus can spread between people.

Basically, humidity is how much moisture is in the air, or how clammy your skin feels outside. As relative humidity approaches 100%, sweat less readily evaporates into the air. That is what makes it challenging for viral droplets to survive in the air and spread between people.

What the experts are suggesting:

According to Condair, the CDC, and Fox Business, adding a household humidifier to your environment could be one of the best ways to relieve respiratory symptoms & to keep you and your loved ones safe from any coronavirus that you might have introduced to your home after returning from a seemingly harmless trip.

Keep washing your hands, have a specific coat to wear when you leave your home, and of course, do be weary. Keep your distance from anything that you might suspect, and just run a humidifier or two in your home to ensure that anything that managed to make it in just ends up dying off in a few hours.

Our team personally recommends you to keep whichever room you spend the most time in at the right humidity level. For us, it's our office, our living rooms, and our bedrooms; if you have pets, try to avoid too much interaction for that first hour when you get back home, or at least make sure you change your clothes & wash your hands.

To conclude!

Buying a humidifier isn't going to solve all your problems and make your home immune to every coronavirus, but it definitely does help with decreasing the risk that we expose ourselves to on a daily basis. A humidifier cannot be a 100% protection against the coronavirus but it can definitely help to improve the conditions in your home to reduce exposure. Even more important, the right humidity level helps your body to battle any disease and strengthens your own body's immune system.

With all this being said, I hope we've managed to give you a few extra ways to stay safe during this global pandemic.

And finally, we want be completely clear and up front with our readers: although we do design and sell our own humidifiers at BAREAIR, we assure you that we are just trying to spread the word on humidity as a potential solution. We encourage you to continue to read up on the potential benefits of owning humidifiers and consider adding one to your household.

Humidifiers have always been great at solving snoring, great flu companions and symptom relievers, and we just want to make sure that everyone knows how great a humidifier can be for your safety & health in a time like this.

Practice caution, stay optimistic, and take care of yourselves! Our entire team at BAREAIR is sending you all our best wishes and healthy vibes - thanks for reading! If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, feel free to reach out to our team via our contact page.