Two important suggestions for decreasing virus spread and susceptibility: Inspiring people to feel safe and comfortable to get back out:

1. Health readings (all 4 vital signs) at all entryways; offices, restaurants, stadiums/arenas, broadway shows, concerts, hotels, meat packing facilities, etc.  This will allow us to know the person next to us is not sick, and at the same time will act as a deterrent to keep sick people home (if they know they will get their health checked).

2. Dry air vs Moist air is the critical factor in the spread or lack of spread of this virus:
All commercial properties must invest in proper “indoor” air quality as if they were a hospital or museum!  If the indoor humidity is above 50% (not more than +-60%), this has 3 huge benefits:
  • By keeping our mucous membranes moist, we maintain a natural barrier to infection that’s like a “bulletproof vest” protecting our lungs, nose and mouth from infection. Dry air, especially while sleeping, makes us vulnerable to infection.  Viruses are 10-100X more viable in dry air.
  • High humidity causes “friction” in the air that limits the distances that viruses can spread through the air. It markedly decreases the risk of person-to-person spread of infection.
  • Moisture keeps virus particles on surfaces from drying out, going airborne and getting into our lungs.

SPREAD:  DRY Air allows the virus droplets to stay in the air and to float around like feathers.  Moist (humid) air forces the droplets to the ground minimizing spread.

SUSCEPTIBILITY: DRY air dehydrates our mucous layers protecting our nose, throat and lungs.  Moist (humid) air keeps our protective linings hydrated and healthy and acts as a bulletproof barrier against the virus droplets

Forbes: This Inexpensive Action Lowers Hospital Infections And Protects Against Flu Season

Scientific America: Humidity Helps Fight Flu

American Society for Microbiology: Effects of Air Temperature and Relative Humidity on Coronavirus Survival on Surfaces

Medical News Today: How Humidity May Affect COVID-19 Outcome

Yale University School of Medicine: Low ambient humidity impairs barrier function and innate resistance against influenza infection

Yale News: Flu virus’ best friend: low humidity

Fighting Viruses with Glycans: Our mucosa (a membrane that lines inside of our mouth, nose, all airways, eyes, etc) is protecting our cells with a thick layer of glycans, but it has to be moist to be a functional barrier.

Our Health and Bodies are Connected to Indoor Moisture

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