COVID-19 and Central HVAC . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 17 March 2020

Dear Ones,

Here is a hunch for the wary: I advise staying away from buildings with central HVAC, such as highrise apartment buildings and office buildings during the coronavirus pandemic, if possible. My feeling is that the coronavirus germs might be carried through the HVAC from apartment to apartment or from office to office.

That might increase the ‘viral load’ of COVID virus encounters with which a person there might have to contend, making it harder for their immune system to fight off COVID-19.  The greater the ‘viral load’, I theorize, the more likely a person will experience the more serious COVID-19 symptoms.

I wonder if it would be safe for a person to turn off HVAC vents in their high rise apartment or office during the height of the pandemic? If not, then might wearing masks and gloves in highrise buildings with central HVAC be helpful?

In homes with central HVAC, the same might apply. If, for example, one family member falls ill. That person might stay in a room with the HVAC vents shut off, and with maybe a floor heater for heat instead. For families, I wonder if it might be safer to turn off the central HVAC and rely on floor heaters until the pandemic has passed through their community?

Perhaps others will know better than I whether these hunches are important to our safety, and if so, how important they may be?

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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