HVAC, fans, air conditioning

Q: What should we know about COVID-19 and fans, HVAC systems, or portable or window air conditioners?

A: The NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control issued Long Term Care Facility Guidance on Fans and Air Conditioning During an Outbreak of COVID-19, with this important notation:

“Individual facilities must determine whether or not the risks associated with the use of fans and air conditioners in various locations can be appropriately managed. Development of a policy or process whereby your Infection Control practitioner evaluates the risks associated with the use of fans and air conditioners in patient care areas, and establishes their position is recommended. This guidance is specific to fans (e.g., portable fans and ceiling fans) and portable air conditioners (e.g., window units) and does not include recommendations for maintaining HVAC systems. Alternatively, information on HVAC systems can be found in this CDC MMWR report and by consulting DHHS Licensing and Facilities.”

This page updated 7/7/20

Information is changing rapidly as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Please take the links on these pages, especially the NH DHHS, which coordinates the COVID-19 response in our state, and other public health resources such as your local public health department, the CDC and WHO to find the latest guidance and recommendations.

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