Since the pandemic's start, the COVID-19 virus has mutated to adapt and survive, creating new variants of the disease. Some variants have proven less contagious and deadly than the original virus. But other variants have proven to be more so.
For example, the Alpha variant is said to be 50% more contagious than the original virus. The Delta variant is said to be 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant.
Then there’s the Delta Plus variant, a “subvariant” of Delta. According to CBS News, the Delta Plus variant can attack lung cells more aggressively than other versions, and it can better escape vaccines as well.
In November 2021, a new variant was reported to the World Health Organization (WHO): the Omicron variant. It is now detected in more than half of the states in the U.S. The CDC predicts that Omicron will also spread more quickly than the original virus, but it is unknown whether it will cause more severe symptoms.
Keeping track of new variants and their differing infection rates is enough to make your head spin. But there is one thing they all still have in common: size.
Each variant of the COVID-19 virus is still .125 microns in size. That means it’s possible to reduce exposure to airborne particles by using an air purifier. But not just “any” air purifier. This is extremely important.
According to an extensive review carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air purifiers using a combination of HEPA and carbon are the most effective. However, the report also noted that a significant amount of HEPA and carbon must be used for efficacy.
Austin Air uses a combination of both carbon and Medical Grade HEPA technology in its filters, which has been proven to remove up to 99% of all airborne contaminants as small as 0.1 microns. In fact, Austin uses up to 15 lbs. of carbon and 60 sq. ft. of HEPA in our filters. No one else in the industry comes close to using that much.
The Austin Air Bedroom Machine has an extra level of protection against Covid-19 as it also contains a HEGA carbon cloth. A 2009 third-party study performed by the Health Protection Agency in the U.K. used a surrogate virus for testing that was 23-28 nm in diameter (smaller than the COVID-19 virus) and found that this activated carbon cloth not only captured the virus but also deactivated it.
Emerging evidence suggests the primary method of transmission for Covid-19 is airborne. That means an infected person releases the virus into the environment through aerosol droplets when they exhale. If a healthy person then inhales those particles, they could also become infected. The number of viral particles a person encounters may determine how sick that person becomes. Being exposed to a large number of particles is considered a high viral load. A high viral load can overwhelm the immune system and increase your chances of severe illness.
With an Austin Air purifier, though, you could reduce the number of airborne virus particles circulating in the air, which could reduce how much of the virus you are exposed to. This could help lessen your risk of severe infection as lowering the viral load in the environment gives the immune system a better chance of fighting the virus.
However, it is important to mention that the virus can also spread via surfaces and human contact in addition to airborne transmission. Therefore, it is vital that we regularly wash our hands.
The Austin Air Bedroom Machine™
Austin Air purifiers use a combination of both carbon and Medical Grade HEPA technology in our filters, which has been proven to remove up to 99% of all airborne contaminants as small as 0.1 microns. And remember, the COVID-19 virus is .125 microns in size.
Not only that, Austin uses up to 15 lbs. of carbon and 60 sq. ft. of HEPA in our filters. No one else in the industry comes close to using that much. What’s more, the Austin Air Bedroom Machine is built with an extra level of protection against Covid-19 as it also contains a HEGA carbon cloth. This, too, captures and destroys airborne viruses.
So, regardless of which COVID-19 variant is the biggest threat, an Austin Air purifier can effectively clean the air, reduce exposure to airborne particles, and help keep your family safe.
If Covid-19 is your main concern, we recommend the Austin Air Bedroom Machine for ultimate protection. This machine uses medical-grade HEPA technology that has been found to effectively remove 99% of airborne viruses that are 0.1 microns and larger, as well as everyday pollutants such as dust, dander, and allergens. Not only that, the Austin Air Bedroom Machine has an extra level of protection against Covid-19, as the HEGA carbon cloth has also been found to capture and destroy airborne viruses. (See #3 above for details.)
You may also want to consider the Austin Air HealthMate or the HealthMate Plus. Both models use HEPA technology and have been found to be highly effective at removing bacteria and airborne viruses, and other airborne allergens. The carbon blend in the HealthMate Plus model is also unrivaled in its ability to remove chemicals and VOCs.
We remain fully committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure our customers have the best defense against airborne viruses–clean, pure air– to help keep you and your families healthy. As part of this commitment, we have extended our production and shipping hours to meet increased demand. If you order directly with us online before 1 pm EST, we strive to ship most orders from our site in Buffalo, New York, on the same day. Your order will be delivered to you via Federal Express ground shipping unless otherwise specified on your order. We greatly appreciate your patience during this time.
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