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Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus

 
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Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
SINGAPORE - On top of washing their hands and disinfecting surfaces, people need to switch off the air-conditioner, turn on the fan and get fresh air to reduce the chances of getting infected by the novel coronavirus.

The reason is that while many unknowns remain about the virus, earlier studies have shown that viruses thrive better in cool, dry climates.

That would make tropical Singapore, with its hot and tropical weather, less conducive for the virus to thrive.

This "good news" for Singapore was delivered on Monday (Feb 10) by the Ministry of Health's (MOH) chief health scientist, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, at a press conference.

"The likelihood of viral persistence outdoors is lower," he said, as he noted the prevalent use of air-conditioning in Singapore.

Prof Tan was one of eight infectious disease experts in Singapore present at the press conference to brief the media on what is being done to fight the virus, or 2019-nCoV, on both the science and health fronts.

He said plenty of research had been done into how long viruses persist on surfaces following the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) in 2003.

"Most of the studies indicate they don't persist well in hot, humid environments," he added. "Hot and humid meaning over 30 deg C, and with humidity levels of over 80 per cent."

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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
As the number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originating in Wuhan, China, grows in Singapore, people have been advised to practise good personal hygiene, avoid crowds and hang out in well-ventilated rooms instead of air-conditioned ones.

But how exactly do these techniques "kill" free-floating viruses in the environment?

The Straits Times speaks with Professor Wang Linfa, director for the programme in emerging infectious diseases at the Duke-NUS Medical School.
'KILLING' THE VIRUS

Under a microscope, coronaviruses like the 2019-nCoV appear spherical, with a "crown" of spikes on their surface.

For it to start to infect its host, this structure has to be intact, said Prof Wang.

Various measures, such as exposing the virus to heat or through the use of disinfectants, break this structure, rendering the virus impotent and unable to infect its host.

For instance, a virus left under the sun could cause it to dry out, causing the membrane to tear, and this would make it unviable, said Prof Wang.

Because free-living parasites are technically not living things, they cannot be "killed", which is why scientists refer to "killed" viruses as being "unviable" or "non-infectious" instead.

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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
Better buy a Prius and move into a Tiny home also.
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
Oh my GOD where is my PHD
Modern Multi story or large buildings recirculate the air and have very little filtration, If this shit is airborne than the entire building is contaminated!

If you live in one I would put some virus filters and UVC lights in the supply duct! Or seal it off. But then no heat or cooling.
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
die of heat stroke or the coronavirus??? hmmm
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
Ouch. Ouch.

The stooopid hurts!!
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
remember they are talking about Singapore! the goal is to get temperature to 30C and humidity to 80%! so if it's cold and dry, turn on the heaters and humidifiers!
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
die of heat stroke or the coronavirus??? hmmm
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if you drink enough water you should be able to survive 30C and 80% humidity. gonna be very sweaty though
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Re: Experts say turn off airconditioners and open the windows to reduce coronavirus
its 33C here so looks like the virus is all gonna diiiiieeee!!

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