Really want to halt viruses? Fix indoor air like the Victorians fixed water

Instead of obsessing on ineffective measures like hand-washing, overhaul aircons, say world’s top experts

17 May 2021 - 20:00 By Jason Gale

A quiet revolution has permeated global health circles. Authorities have come to accept what many researchers have argued for more than a year: the coronavirus can spread through the air.

That new acceptance, by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), comes with concrete implications: scientists are calling for ventilation systems to be overhauled like public water supplies were in the 1800s after fetid pipes were found to harbour cholera...

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