Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Can Plants Slow Spread of Virus?

Green Plants for Green Buildings shares some recent research results on how to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This study, 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations to Reduce Transmission from researchers at UC Davis and the University of Oregon, found that the spread of the virus was slowed in indoor environments with higher humidity.
Virus particles like drier air, so maintaining a high relative humidity can help. Virus-bearing droplets get bigger in humid air, meaning they settle out more quickly and don’t travel as far. Humidity also seems to interfere with the lipid envelope around viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.”

Plants in action cleaning the air

As interior landscapers we have long known that plants increase interior humidity by pulling water up from their roots and transpiring most of it into the atmosphere around them through their stomata. This higher humidity increases human comfort, deceases respiratory and skin irritations and decreases demand on building HVAC systems, lowering the building’s energy costs and carbon footprint.
Plants ready to go in the Everything Grows Warehouse
If you would like live plants to some add some indoor humidity to your workspace, Contact Everything Grows today!

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