Hawthorne Plumbing | Heating | Cooling - February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

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Due to recent news about the coronavirus outbreak in China, a lot of people are taking a closer look at their hygiene. Normally, you wouldn’t need to worry about a virus with such remote origins, but the coronavirus infected more people than anyone could have anticipated. At the time of writing, it has spread to 600 people in six different countries. Multiple cases have been reported in the U.S., and it’s making members of our community uneasy. If you’re concerned, here is what you need to know to keep your family healthy. First, you need to understand precisely what this virus is. Coronaviruses are common among animals, but in rare cases, they are zoonotic, meaning they can transmit from animals to humans. This particular coronavirus is a zoonotic cousin to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus, commonly known as the SARS virus. Symptoms are similar to signs of the common cold, but key indications of infection include high fever, difficulty breathing, and lung lesions. If you’re exposed, you won’t notice symptoms for up to two weeks. For those with weaker immune systems, like older folks or children, the virus poses a higher risk because it could lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. The coronavirus, like the flu or SARS, is transmitted through the air and close contact. Now, while coronavirus is a concern for everyone across the world, it’s important to keep in mind that there have only been a few cases reported in the U.S. In a New York Times article, Dr. William Schaffner further emphasized that “ ...influenza is going to cause many more illnesses and more deaths than this coronavirus.” He goes on to say, “It’s one of those circumstances where, if familiarity doesn’t breed contempt, it certainly breeds a certain nonchalance.” “Key indications of infection include high fever, difficulty breathing, and lung lesions. If you’re exposed, you won’t notice symptoms for up to two weeks.”

While we’re not seeing any cases currently in the area, being aware of it now does give us

a chance to be proactive with our health, and that includes keeping the air we breathe clean. Since we’re in between two mountains, a lot of dust

and lint blows around and stays here, which is why it’s essential to get your ducts cleaned regularly. Make sure to change out your air filters every 45 days. Since we have a young daughter, I replace our air filter every month as an extra precaution. If you’re using reusable air filters, make sure to wash them every three months.

If you want an additional tool to ensure the air in your home is sanitized, air scrubbers are a great option. If you’re unfamiliar, air scrubbers are AC air filter attachments that clean the air to keep it fresh throughout your home. They’re typically found in hospitals and doctor’s offices to ensure nothing spreads from patient to patient. UV air purifiers are also great for keeping airborne pathogens out of your house. They kill off mold, bacteria, and viruses, and you might already have one in your AC unit. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your air filters or want to explore your options, reach out anytime. While the coronavirus isn’t in Las Vegas or Reno, you should take measures to keep your family safe from the cold or flu viruses in our area.

–Angel Martinez

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