Restaurant air quality in a post-pandemic world
Back to the old normal?
As we are approaching the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re timidly taking small steps towards normality. We miss dining out with our families, awkward blind dates that may turn into a life-long marriage, or the lazy Saturday brunches in that small, cozy restaurant only we know about.
However, the past year has, sadly, inflicted fear on our minds, and created a me-vs.-world narrative that may linger around way longer than the actual pandemic.
Naturally, restaurants need to up their safety measures to bring their clients back from eating delivery food from the comfort of their homes. An online survey conducted last year shows that up to ‘‘68% of consumers want to order from restaurants with heightened sanitation and/or safety practices in the future.’’i
How do restaurants expose customers to Covid-19 infection?
Firstly and most importantly- the air. SARS-CoV-2 and most respiratory viruses infect new people primarily through air-droplets that carry the virus.
Infected air droplets are minuscule drops of mucus and other bodily fluids that escape the oronasal cavities of infected people as they breathe and speak.
The CDC revealed that airborne transmission of COVID-19 becomes exceptionally dangerous when an infected asymptomatic person exposes other customers in an enclosed, poorly ventilated space. ii
How you can increase air sanitation in your restaurant
UV-C light- The type of ultraviolet light that bears the most energy, and is widely used as a germ-killing instrument in hospitals. UV-C light breaks a germ’s DNA or RNA into small, inactivated bits, thus making the virus unable to multiply. It is now scientifically proven that UV-C light effectively kills SARS-CoV-2 in a matter of minutes.iii
HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters- Used for trapping 99.99% of particles bigger than 0.3 microns, releasing clean air back into the environment. A HEPA filter will remove even the smallest virus-carrying droplets from the air. iv
Carbon filter- Efficient at retaining other odorous and noxious chemicals that usually pollute the air in a restaurant.
Why a TRACS® UV-C Air Purifier is the perfect fit for your business
Our device employs a multi-stage air cleaning formula:
- The air first reaches the pre-filter made of 100% carbon, designed
with D-Mark’s CarbonWeb technology. The carbon atoms will adsorb odorous pollutants.
- The medical-grade HEPA filter is next reached by air. It is here that 99.99% of respiratory droplets will get trapped.
- UV-C lamps radiate on the HEPA filter and destroy all trapped viruses and bacteria.
- Clean air gets released back into the environment.
We have contructed our air purifiers with care and attention:
- No ozone, chemicals, or other by-products are released into the
- UV-C light radiates strictly inside the device. There is no possibility of human exposure to UV light.
- The silent operation mode will not disturb clients from enjoying their time.
- A light indicator will let you know when it’s time to replace the filter.
- For your clients’ peace of mind, apply a TRACS decal at your restaurant’s entrance, and have them assured the air quality is being held at high medical standards.
Fear has a cure!
- Image source: https://www.mediclinics.com/en/blog/23_are-hepa-filters-a-safe-solution-for-covid-html