NORWICH: Air filters are thought to clean the air in our homes, but a new study has found that the device does not reduce the risk of airborne viruses.
According to researchers from the University of East Anglia in the UK, technologies designed to disinfect the interior of the house are not actually effective.
The team of researchers reviewed 32 previous studies that tested air cleaning technologies in settings such as schools or nursing homes.
The study, led by Dr. Julie Brainerd from the University, found that the filter systems installed in these machines do nothing to protect people from airborne respiratory and stomach infection viruses.
In a news release issued by the university, Dr. Julie Brainerd said, “The long story short is that research has found no solid evidence that air cleaning technologies save people in the real world, and the evidence suggests that these technologies do not.” Does not prevent or reduce diseases.
He further said that the results of the research are disappointing but it is important that the full picture is presented to the public health decision makers.