Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 02:15 pm
New analysis of media and social media mentions across the UK has revealed that the country is experiencing a ‘Clean Air Boom’, with a surge in people talking online about air purifiers and industrial purification units.
The analysis, performed by British air purification company, MedicAir, suggests that UK consumers and business decision makers are more interested in air quality than ever before, with mentions across social media and within national press for ‘industrial air purifiers’ increasing by 750 percent in just two years. Following a similar trajectory, searches for ‘air purifiers’ has increased by 200 percent over the same time frame.
Dr. Matthew Perkins, Managing Director of MedicAir, comments: “It is fantastic to see the increasing awareness and education around indoor air quality. The ‘boom’ we are witnessing in terms of online searches just highlights the important role people’s environments and surroundings play in their day to day lives. People are simply paying more attention now. There is still a long way to go, but if this momentum can gather pace, we can certainly start to see some positive results.”
Hospitals are an area of major concern, with reports suggesting more than 2,220 GP practices and 248 hospitals are in areas with average levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) that are above the limit recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
For many, hospitals are associated with treating diseases and serious conditions, however these environments are high risk, posing health problems of their own brought on by a complex cocktail of poor ventilation, higher density of people with health conditions, and polluted air coming in from outside.
As such, the indoor air quality (IAQ) of many hospitals often contains a higher-level concentration of airborne pollutants and pathogens, compared to other enclosed spaces.
Bacteria, germs, and viruses, as well as cleaning chemicals and other irritants used in medical practices and procedures, are the ‘invisible threats’ that can adversely impact the health of patients in healthcare settings. If left unchecked, airborne hazards can easily spread between wards aggravating existing conditions, worsening serious illnesses, increasing new infections and, in some scenarios, leading to deaths.
In 2021, the World Health Organisation recommended air purifiers to supplement integrated ventilation systems in hospitals around the world to combat SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Beyond Covid, the need to improve indoor air quality within healthcare settings worldwide remains critical.
MedicAir is already found in thousands of NHS hospitals, schools, care homes, and businesses throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Most recently, it was awarded a year-long contract by The World Health Organisation to tackle these ‘invisible threats’ in Mauritius by supplying 55 air purifiers to hospitals in the country.
Dr. Perkins continues: “We are immensely proud, as a British company, to be supplying MedicAir to the World Health Organisation. Following a long tendering process against many international competitors, this choice reflects the quality and technology that make MedicAir unique.”
MedicAir’s appointment by the World Health Organisation to help Mauritius hospitals meet the WHO’s own legal limits for PM2.5. (one of the most dangerous air pollutants), is a major coup for the British based business.
Dr. Perkins concludes: “It shows MedicAir’s unique air purification technology is one of the best in the market – and can be trusted by healthcare providers across the globe to ensure that patients, doctors, nurses and GPs don’t breathe dirty air.”
To find out more about MedicAir and its work suppling the World Health Organisation please visit www.medicair.co.uk.