When colds and flu are going around, an air purifier for bacteria and viruses is one way to keep yourself and your family healthy. An air purifier can prevent airborne diseases because it can kill or remove cold and flu bacteria and viruses from the air in your home and even boost your immune system by helping you sleep better.
Bacteria and viruses are living organisms known to cause diseases. Bacterial infections can result in strep throat, tuberculosis and other infections. Viral infections can lead to anything from chicken pox to the common cold and flu. And according to the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), harmful airborne germs can also aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.
How to prevent getting a cold?
More often than not, humans are the main source of airborne diseases in the home and workplace. When someone sneezes or coughs, tiny water or mucous droplets filled with viruses or bacteria scatter, easily entering the air, and then entering your lungs, making you sick. Even without a cough or sneeze, germs can travel up to six feet away. Some viruses stay suspended in the air for hours.
Crowded conditions with poor air circulation, like public transportation and office environments, can also make it easy for cold, flu and other diseases to spread. Research shows that airflow and ventilation can dramatically impact how diseases spread indoors. The more stagnant your air is, the more likely diseases are to spread. And some bacteria and viruses thrive and circulate through poorly maintained building ventilation systems. This is the case with Legionnaires’ disease, for example.
Air purifier for cold and sickness
An air purifier can prevent sickness, especially during cold and flu season, when all around you are putting flu virus into the air with their sneezes. But do air purifiers really remove viruses? Yes, a Blueair air purifier removes bacteria and viruses (in addition to removing dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander and smoke).
For example, when the Blueair Classic family was tested by accredited CAS Test Technical Services, it removed 99.99% of H1N1 influenza, as well as more than 99.9% of Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Aspergillus Niger.*
How to prevent bacteria and viruses from making you sick
Bacteria and viruses also need moisture to survive. Under the right conditions, some cold viruses can survive up to seven days on indoor surfaces, especially damp surfaces, so do your best to eliminate moist, damp conditions where bacteria and viruses thrive. As a bonus, controlling moisture indoors can also help the spread of mold, and dust mite allergens.
Practice healthy habits
Besides creating a healthier environment, you can also reduce the spread of cold and flu germs by practicing healthy habits. Simple precautions like coughing or sneezing into a tissue (or if you don’t reach a tissue in time, into the bend of your elbow) can help reduce the spread of airborne viruses and bacteria. Regular hand washing, avoiding contact with your nose and eyes, and maintaining a clean home can help remove microbes from your environment.
Here are a few more tips to avoid colds and the flu.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Disinfect keyboards, phones, and surfaces regularly – after landing on a surface a virus can live another 24 hours.
- Get enough sleep, since sleep can boost your immune system – sleeping in a bedroom that has purified air can help.
- Avoid stress because stress can weaken your immune system defences.
- Keep rooms at home and work well ventilated.
- Use a high performing indoor air purifier certified for bacteria and virus removal.
*Removal rate in 60 minutes according to GB18801-2015.