Coronavirus in Hotels can be present in the HVAC systems. Experts believe that the Coronavirus is airborne and can travel through HVAC systems. Most typical HVAC filters will not be able to remove Coronavirus as it is too small. Therefore the transmission of the virus from one room to another is possible.
All non-essential travel should be avoided. If however you must travel and stay in a hotel room, you can minimize your exposure to the Coronavirus in the hotel by doing the following:
- Stay in a room that can be aired out
- Before arrival call the front desk and see if they could leave the windows open a few hours before you get there
- Try and minimize the use of the HVAC system and turn it on only when necessary.
- Prefer hotels with individual heating and cooling units as you are only exposing yourself to the previous occupants of your room and not the whole hotel.
The CDC has given specific instructions that windows should be kept open as much as possible to increase ventilation. World Health Organization warns that “poorly ventilated buildings affect air quality and can contribute to the spread of disease”. Therefore the following recommendations should be applied to Hotels to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
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