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Removing the fear of going to the doctor’s office

For many people, a trip to the local doctor’s office—for whatever reason, big or small—is fraught with fear. There’s even a term for it: White Coat Syndrome. Seems that sufferers of White Coat Syndrome show signs of an elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure and rapid breathing when in a physician’s office, often skewing the results of standard diagnostic tests. They even get so worked up they may forget salient details as to why they came to see a doctor in the first place, requiring them to write down all questions and concerns.

Now with the spread of COVID-19, sufferers of White Coat Syndrome—and everyone else—have more concerns about entering a doctor’s office. That’s because the novel coronavirus is transmitted via aerosolized droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. And it’s logical that infected people would seek out treatment in doctor’s offices, where they would come in contact with other people susceptible to the contagion.

According to the New York Times, people are avoiding hospitals and doctor’s offices, cancelling regularly scheduled appointments and limiting their trips to the doctor’s for minor illness and injuries. And, according to the Boston Globe, emergency rooms across the country have seen a 40 percent drop in cases. People just aren’t going to seek physicians.

Removing the fear of going to the doctor’s office

It’s not for lack of trying from major health institutions though. The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic and others have issued statements and public service announcements regarding doctor visits during the pandemic, outlining ways for people to be safer. These include wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and social distancing when in waiting rooms.

Another way to ensure the safety of patients and staff: installing free-standing air purification systems, like Aeramax Professional air purifiers. These commercial-grade purifiers use a four-stage True HEPA filtration system to remove up to 99.97 percent of airborne contaminants, like viruses, the flu, bacteria and germs from enclosed spaces.  Since they are portable, they don’t add additional burden to existing HVAC systems, like bulky in-system HEPA filters do, and can be located in spots here people congregate, like waiting rooms.

Removing the fear of going to the doctor’s office

In fact, scientists have taken up the call for the use of air purifiers. In the September issue of the journal Environment International, researchers outlined the positive effects of using air purifiers to combat the transmission of COVID-19 in indoor air:

“While uncertainties remain regarding the relative contributions of the different transmission pathways, we argue that existing evidence is sufficiently strong to warrant engineering controls targeting airborne transmission as part of an overall strategy to limit infection risk indoors. Appropriate building engineering controls include sufficient and effective ventilation… enhanced by particle filtration and air disinfection, avoiding air recirculation and avoiding overcrowding. Often, such measures can be easily implemented and without much cost…”

So, while air purifiers can’t eliminate a fear of white coats, they can alleviate concerns for virus and bacteria transmission, making it safer to go back to a doctor’s office again.


It’s bad enough that the dental profession has been called the most dangerous by the U.S. Department of Labor, now it has to contend with another problem: Silicosis.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials. It results in the scarring of lung tissue from the silica dust, and produces symptoms like coughing, wheezing, sharp chest pains and even fevers. Left untreated, it results in difficulty breathing and even death.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials

So how does the dental profession also suffer from a malady that most often affects rock miners, stone cutters and heavy construction personnel? Seems the grinding that occurs in dental labs and in dental offices produces the same dusty environment. But where construction workers wear elaborate rebreathers to protect against inhaling dust, dental professionals often are left only with surgical masks—or nothing at all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR), research into occupational illness uncovered nine cases where dental professionals had silicosis from long-term exposure—and in some cases, the individuals died from respiratory failure. The MMWR noted that exposure to silica dust in dental labs can occur from mixing powders, removing castings from molds, polishing castings and using silica sand for abrasive blasting and sanding.

Silicosis is something more closely related to the construction industry, where workers breathe in silica dust from construction materials

One way to protect against silicosis is by focusing on air hygiene—scrubbing indoor air of harmful contaminants. AeraMax Professional commercial-grade air purifiers do just that—eliminating up to 99.97 percent of harmful pollutants like germs, dust, allergens, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors from enclosed spaces, using hospital-like True HEPA filtration that efficiently and effectively cleans the air.

Using AeraMax Professional air purifiers significantly reduce particulate from indoor air, ensuring that dental lab workers needn’t worry about the hazards of working in lab settings. What’s more, with AeraMax Professional’s PureView technology, occupants can see the purifier’s work in removing particulate from the air.

PureView uses an innovative EnviroSmart 2.0 technology, which employs sensors to scan and analyze a room, activating the air purification system when contaminants are present. Because each unit has a large digital display, occupants can see the cleaning progress.

When cleaning begins, the display announces it in bold letters and cycles through a purification process. As the AeraMax Professional air purifier continues removing particulates from the air, the display will show a readout of the percentage of particles captured. Also, the display offers a visual readout of VOCs and odors in the air to let occupants know the contaminants are being removed.

Another fall, another flu season. Last year’s flu season was particularly harsh, and some are predicting this season will match or exceed the severity of last year’s. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is asking everyone over the age of six months old to get inoculated against the flu.

According to the CDC, flu vaccines this year are designed to match most flu strains that are out there. However, the risk of getting the flu is still present, regardless of whether someone is inoculated or not, because there isn’t a vaccine developed against all strains. And, according to a Rice University study, these vaccines are expected to have the same reduced efficacy as last year’s flu vaccines. For those folks who opt not to get vaccinated, the risk of getting the flu this season is very real.

That may mean the potential for more absenteeism and less worker or student productivity. You can calculate the cost to your facility or educational institution with our easy-to-use Flu Calculator You’ll be astounded by the eye-opening costs in terms of lost productivity.

So, how do you combat the flu in your facility? Focus on cleaning the Triumvirate: Hands, Surfaces and Air.

So, how do you combat the flu in your facility?

Focus on cleaning the Triumvirate: Hands, Surfaces and Air. First, hand washing helps to reduce the spread of germs that occur in workplaces. Consider opting for hand sanitizers to reduce that contact. Next, aggressively cleaning surfaces will greatly reduce the spread of germs; flu germs can survive for up to 24 hours, depending on the surface.

But most importantly, focus on cleaning the very air indoors. According to a study conducted by the University of Maryland school of public health, influenza germs last in the air up to several hours, and people can get sick simply by breathing in air tainted with the germs, which contradicts the thought that people contract the flu by touching infected droplets from coughs or sneezes. So, it’s time to clean the air.

Luckily, the complete line of AeraMax Professional air purifiers scrub the air of contaminants, removing up to 99.97 percent of germs—as well as bacteria, pathogens, volatile organic compounds, other viruses and odors—from indoor air, using a True HEPA hospital-type filtration system.

In fact, independent testing by airmid healthgroup in a controlled laboratory setting showed AeraMax Professional III air purifiers remove 99.9 percent of airborne H1N1 flu particles in a test chamber within 35 minutes of operation.

And, since AeraMax Professional units continually scan the air, they work tirelessly to clean air and remove harmful particles from your workspace. So, you can meet this flu season head on…and win.

Flu prevention: Why traditional methods aren’t enough

While experts have always advocated the flu shot as a means for flu prevention, especially for children and seniors, the 2014-15 vaccine was only 19 percent effective, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though the vaccine had one of the lowest efficacies in the past decade, this statistic reveals that vaccination alone cannot mitigate the harmful effects of flu season. It’s necessary, but not comprehensive. Surface cleaning and handwashing aren’t enough to stop the flu from spreading either, because the main route by which the flu passes from person to person is the air.

To really reduce the burden caused by flu season, cleaning indoor air is essential.

If you’re taking a sick day, it’s too late

People with the flu often stay home from school or work to prevent the virus from spreading, but unfortunately an infected person is contagious before symptoms are in full effect. One sneeze or cough can send thousands of infectious particles into the air. Most of these small particles remain in the air for hours and travel long distances.

In fact, some of these particles can even travel through a building’s HVAC system, according to an official position statement released by ASHRAE.

This means that an infected individual could be long gone from a room by the time he or she transmits the influenza virus. To prevent this from occurring, facility managers need to remove infectious particles from shared airspace.

Fighting back against the flu

As more people catch the flu, the presence of airborne infectious particles quickly multiplies, especially in common areas such as schools and offices. Since these particles spread the virus by being inhaled, it doesn’t matter how much occupants wash their hands or clean off surfaces.

This is where commercial air purifiers come into play. AeraMax Professional air purifiers effectively eliminate 99.9 percent of infectious influenza particles from shared air in only 35 minutes.

In a special report, AeraMax Professional sheds light on the flu and explains how its targeted solution creates healthier and cleaner facilities.