Have you noticed the option of ionizing air in your ventilation device? When activated, the system removes oxygen molecules from the air and converts them into charged atoms, which are grouped around microparticles. The health benefits are immense, since these microparticles involve mold, bacteria, allergens, bacteria and viruses, making the air cleaner.
With these harmful substances having a larger volume, due to the microparticle wrapping, they end up more easily trapped in filters. And scientists believe that ionization may be a tool to control the spread of the virus that causes covid-19. Recent discoveries show that the new coronavirus can remain in the air for longer than previously thought – up to 3 hours – and spread over greater distances.
“Bipolar ionization has been used in healthcare for many years for many applications,” explains Tony Abate, technical director at AtmosAir Solutions, in an interview with Business Insider. The ions are capable of producing a chemical reaction in the cell membrane that ends up leaving some viruses inactive. Several public places already use air conditioning systems that do this ionization, such as airports and hospitals.
During the pandemic, air quality is being increasingly valued. According to Larry Sunshine, CEO of Plasma Air, home appliances that practice ionization can now be considered essential items for the home. There are even equipment that do just that ionization, with a very small size.
In other pandemics, such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS, from 2002, ionization proved to be quite efficient in controlling the disease. The same was noticed in the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS, 2012) and in several strains that cause influenza. “Because coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, they are easier to kill compared to naked viruses, such as noroviruses,” explains Philip Tierno, professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University.