Air purifiers don't often lessen risk of getting viral infections
The research team studied evidence about whether air cleaning technologies make people safe from catching airborne respiratory or gastrointestinal infections. Read further on Dynamite News:
Washington DC: According to a research from the University of East Anglia, air filtration systems do not lower the risk of catching viral infections. Infact, there is no practical use for technologies intended to make social interactions safer indoors.
The research-group looked into ionisers, germicidal lamps, and air filtering systems.
After examining all the data, they concluded that there was not much to encourage optimism that these technologies would protect the air against gastrointestinal or respiratory illnesses.
Prof Paul Hunter, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said, "Air cleaners are designed to filter pollutants or contaminants out of the air that passes through them.
"When the Covid pandemic hit, many large companies and governments investigated installing this type of technology in a bid to reduce airborne virus particles in buildings and small spaces. "But air treatment technologies can be expensive. So it's reasonable to weigh up the benefits against the costs and to understand the current capabilities of such technologies."
The research team studied evidence about whether air cleaning technologies make people safe from catching airborne respiratory or gastrointestinal infections.
They analysed evidence about microbial infections or symptoms in people exposed or not to air treatment technologies in 32 studies, all conducted in real-world settings like schools or care homes. So far, none of the studies of air treatment started during the Covid era have been published.
Lead researcher Dr Julii Brainard, also from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said: "The kinds of technologies that we considered included filtration, germicidal lights, ionisers and any other way of safely removing viruses or deactivating them in breathable air.
"In short, we found no strong evidence that air treatment technologies are likely to protect people in real-world settings.
"There was some weak evidence that the air treatment methods reduced the likelihood of infection, but this evidence seems biassed and imbalanced.
"Hopefully those studies that have been done during Covid will be published soon and we can make a more informed judgement about what the value of air treatment may have been during the pandemic." (with ANI inputs)