Here’s Scientific Adviser’s Guidelines Stop Transmission, Crush Pandemic


New Delhi: Apart from adhering to social distancing and mask rules, ventilation plays a key role in stopping the transmission of the Covid-19 virus, the office of the principal scientific adviser to the government of India said issuing a detailed guideline on stopping the transmission.

Wearing masks, maintaining distance, adequate sanitation and proper indoor ventilation are key to stopping the coronavirus, the Union government’s principal scientific adviser K VijayRaghavan’s office said in a set of new guidelines to combat the pandemic.

The suggests are aimed at informing people on how best to cut transmission, the adviser’s office said in a statement.

“As the pandemic rages in India, we need to once again remember that simple tools and practices can reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus,” it added.

In particular, the suggestions drew attention to the “role well-ventilated spaces play in diluting the viral load of infected air”.

According to the document, titled “Stop the Transmission, Crush the Pandemic”, “Just as smells can be diluted by ventilation, the dangerous concentration of the virus can be reduced by ensuring that outdoor air flows in,” the guideline said adding that the placement of the fan is also crucial as the fan should not be at a place where it can cause contaminated air to flow directly to someone else. If the windows and doors of a room are shut, the exhaust fans should keep running. “Add an exhaust fan OR turn a pedestal fan into an exhaust fan by turning it to face outdoors, to create the ideal airflow for maximum protection from indoor infection,” the guideline said.

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