“It has become painfully clear that COVID-19 will be a threat we have to get used to

living alongside until a vaccine is found.”

Fighting an invisible enemy

Airdri’s Commercial Director, Mike Smith, on how infection control will help us triumph over the Coronavirus.

We’re in a delicate situation at the moment, if the latest COVID-19 infection rates are anything to go by. As UK lockdown has continued to ease, the number of new virus infections have started to rise.

The government seems nervous, as it struggles to balance public health and rebooting the economy, and the public are desperately hoping to avoid another national lockdown.

This is not the time to get complacent. We’re not out of the woods yet and as a society we cannot relax our hygiene efforts as time passes by. Yes, some sectors have edged towards some sense of normality but we’re very much still living alongside this virus. And will be for a long time to come, according to experts.

One of the major issues we face with COVID-19 (and other viruses/bacteria) is that we can’t see them. We don’t know if they’re circulating in our breathing space or living on our surfaces, making it incredibly difficult to eliminate infection risks as we go about our day. Fighting such a contagious, invisible force requires constant attention, from rigorous cleaning regimes and hand hygiene practices, to ongoing sterilisation.

Pre-pandemic, just 20% of washroom users washed and dried their hands properly. But since the outbreak hit our shores earlier this year, it’s been vital – lifesaving, in fact – that people improve their hand hygiene knowledge and put it into practice.

Similar efforts have applied to cleaning, with stringent efforts put in place to eradicate any traces of infection. But even with the best will in the world, maintaining these standards, especially against such a contagious virus, is challenging.

Since the start of the outbreak, we’ve been looking at ways to make all environments as safe as possible, by boosting cleaning efforts with an additional hygiene resource. We already had the technology in place with our washroom air purifier, which kills almost all trace of airborne and surface bacteria. So, we took the decision to expand the


range and launch additional units that could cater for varying environments, from office buildings and shops, to restaurants and care homes.

Promising to kill 98.11% of all airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, including those in the coronavirus family, each unit in the range provides extra protection against the spread of germs. Put simply, it will eradicate any microbes that are missed during cleaning, and keep the setting safe between cleans too.

Our new Airdri Air Purifier PMA unit it suitable for larger areas of continuous occupation, such as open plan offices, large work areas and shops. It can cover an area of up to 80m2 lifting hygiene standards and protecting people from harmful bacteria.

Alternatively, our PSA unit is ideal for more sensitive settings such as care homes, medical surgeries and waiting rooms, cafes and salons. This unit is completely silent, covering smaller areas of continuous occupation of up to 20m2

. The unit not only improves air quality, it also eliminates odours and mould.

So how do our units work? Germicidal irradiation by dual UV light kills micro-organisms by disrupting their DNA and removing their reproductive capabilities. This UV reacts with photocatalytic oxidation forming Hydroxyl Radicals which break down viruses, bacteria, moulds, fungi and volatile organic compounds. Targeted Ozone, produced by the specialist lamp in the Air Purifier, gets to the hardest to reach areas, breaking down contamination in the air and on all exposed surfaces. This Ozone damages the cell wall of micro-organisms, stopping reproduction and destroying the cell.

It has become painfully clear that COVID-19 will be a threat we have to get used to living alongside until a vaccine is found. Therefore, it’s never been more important to invest in hygiene practices that not only remove bacteria and viruses, but also protect against future infection threats.


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