AS you are probably aware, NAFA is active on a number of ASHRAE committees and is assisting in the active exchange of information. NAFA is recommending ASHRAE’s website, which has a page with COVID-19 outbreak resources at ashrae.org/COVID19 . ASHRAE offers these documents to provide guidance on COVID-19 concerns in the operation of HVAC systems of which our filters are a part. Included on this page is ASHRAE’s position document on Airborne Infectious Disease approved by their BOD last month. Drafting these documents are individuals from all over the world, including many from the CDC, hospital managers, insurance companies, etc. For our field of application, we believe that this is the best information currently available.
The CDC also offers a resource page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
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Measures to take
- If you are sick, stay home from school, and work.
- Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Maintain social distancing
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Why?When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
· Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
· Practice respiratory hygiene
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Why?Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
· If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Why?National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.