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As states drop mask mandates, some organizations are concerned government officials are moving too fast.

To address this and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these organizations are selecting advanced, disinfecting air-purifying systems for their facilities.

Traditional air-purifying systems have internal fans that pull air through filters. The filters remove dust, soils, and contaminants from the air and circulate cleaner air back into the room.

However, according to Jenna Riffer with LuxDisinfect Air Purifiers, a leading manufacturer of this technology, advanced disinfecting air purifiers go further.

“At least one advanced air purifying system has HEPA filters capable of capturing particulate matter with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers with a 99.99 percent disinfecting efficiency.”

Just how small is 2.5 micrometers? That’s about 3 percent the diameter of a human hair.

Riffer adds, “Along with being able to capture the pathogen that causes COVID-19, these systems can filter out other harmful particulates found in indoor air.”

Further, Riffer says some systems use UVC technology. This technology effectively eliminates (kills) bacteria, germs, and pathogens found in indoor air.

Elkins School District in Elkins, Arkansas, is one of many school districts using such air purifying systems.

Jeremy Mangrum, the district’s superintendent, reports that “the devices have worked flawlessly from the time we put them in classrooms. We have seen very low COVID numbers in our district, and no student-to-student infections have been detected.” 

An urgent care/laser skin care center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, also uses the LUX system.  

“I have one system running all the time in my waiting room,” says Dr. Jeff Parker, with the Northport Urgent Care and Laser Skin Care Center. “It helps us ensure good air quality in our facility, offering our patients and staff this added protection.”

Even though mask mandates are coming down, some public health officials believe we will be living with the coronavirus for years to come. With this in mind, says Riffer, “Keeping indoor air clean and purified is one of the best options we have to keep people safe and healthy.”