CDC, WA DOH Re-Hashing 2019(?) COVID Holiday Safety Guidance?
We couldn't help but notice, because we monitor these things, the date on the CDC-WADOH COVID holiday "guidance."
CDC, WADOH RECOMMEND RUNNING BLOWERS, HVAC-EVEN OPENING WINDOWS?
The following was shared by the CDC, by way of the Washington State Department of Health on Monday:
"Having visitors in your home this winter? While opening windows can improve ventilation in your home during the visit, it might be too cold to do so comfortably. If possible, try cracking open a window for a little while. You can also take other steps to improve ventilation in your home, like upgrading your HVAC filter, running a HEPA purifier, and using your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans. Taking steps to improve ventilation can reduce the number of COVID-19 particles in your home’s air."
And this year, the CDC even has a ventilation "tool" that one can use to determine how much fresh air is needed to ward off COVID "particles." We are NOT making light of COVID itself. Let's get that straight. But this page and chart are even way beyond the precautions issued when our region was choked with record dangerous air during recent fire seasons.
Remember the maroon red air quality? These COVID air charts make the fire advice look like child's play.
The CDC Ventilation Tool comes with this "guidance:"
"Small particles that people breathe out can contain virus particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19. If a guest visits your home, improving ventilation (air flow) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air. Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, like staying 6 feet apart and correctly wearing masks, can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19."
I bet Christmas-holiday parties at the CDC are a whale of a good time...just sayin' And finally, we have reached out to WA DOH about the "2019" reference but have not heard back yet.
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