The Heinsberg district continues to keep the world in suspense! Parcel delivery company DPD has therefore had to close its parcel centre in Hückelhoven (in the Heinsberg district) due to a massive corona outbreak. As it stands, at least 42 of the total of 400 employees have been tested positive for the coronavirus. However, more than 200 test results are still pending, expected on Monday. In order to prevent a further spread in the district, the public health department is checking people that may have been in contact with those infected and all 400 employees are in quarantine.
Austria will not rest easy. After the holiday resort of Ischgl hit the headlines as a hot spot after a bar supposedly played a major role in spreading the virus throughout Europe, two mail distribution centres have now also been closed. In the Hagenbrunn distribution centre near Vienna, 68 of the 650 employees tested positive for the corona. At the Inzersdorf distribution centre, 70 employees are currently infected. According to the newspaper Krone.at, a temporary employment agency is said to have brought infected employees to the distribution centres, but it has not yet been conclusively determined whether infected employees also delivered parcels and letters.
To reduce the risk of infection in libraries, Trotec has developed the new TAC V+ high-frequency air purifier. Infectious aerosols (tiny particles of saliva), which, according to the Robert Koch Institute, transmit the virus through the air in a room, are filtered out of the air by the TAC V+ by 99.995 %. According to scientists and virologists, aerosols are one of the main ways in which the coronavirus is spread. If the air in a room, however, is continuously and effectively “cleaned”, the risk of infection by aerosols released when we speak and cough to almost zero.
What Trotec has been warning everyone about for some time has now been proven by another scientific study: The SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted not only by coughing and sneezing, but also when speaking. A study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America“ (PNAS)” shows that aerosols (tiny saliva particles) ejected when speaking just one sentence float around in the room for a long time. This insight is not new. “A large proportion of corona infections are due to droplets and aerosols,” explains Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute at Berlin’s Charité Hospital, adding that only around ten per cent of the spread of the virus is the result of direct smear or contact infections.
As of this week the first hotels are allowed to open again! However, distance rules and strict hygiene requirements apply to all hotels to protect employees and guests from infection. The fear of the coronavirus is so great that even after the reopening many beds as well as seminar and conference rooms will remain empty. The situation is further aggravated by the fact that regulations vary from state to state. Hotels in Hamburg are only allowed to rent out 60 per cent of their rooms. Lower Saxony “allows” just 50 per cent. These regulations are supplemented by rules on social distancing, compulsory masks and increased disinfection measures. Far from rosy prospects for the already troubled hotel and restaurant industry.
Restaurants reopening is now on the agenda. And that’s because this is exactly where a renewed risk of infection lurks, in the form of so-called aerosol particles, i.e. the smallest infectious airborne particles, explains physicist Roland Netz from the Freie Universität Berlin, advising professional humidification. This way, droplets are not able to shrink so quickly and heavier droplets tend to sink to the floor. And he also rightly says: “Also the mucous membranes will otherwise dry out and become more susceptible to viruses.” Even the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA Bundesverband) recommends the use of humidifiers in this context.
And it’s about time! Fan season is upon us and is the heat is gaining momentum every day. Now, thanks to the TVE T Design tower fan that is finally back in stock, you can get in on the action and take the lead, as the elegant black and white freshness tower easily outshines its competitors in terms of style, comfort and quality. And as for the technology itself, well, give it a try: Get involved and choose a powerful gust of wind, for example, from the total of 6 fan speeds… Are you convinced? Well that’s sorted then!
In its most-recent Corona profile, the Robert Koch Institute has confirmed the dissemination of the virus via aerosols in the indoor air that we breathe. To reduce this risk of infection in nurseries, Trotec has developed the innovative high-frequency TAC V+ air purifier to filter infectious aerosols (tiny saliva particles) from indoor air. According to scientists and virologists, aerosols are one of the main sources of infection with the coronavirus. If, on the other hand, the air in the room is constantly and effectively “washed”, the risk of infection via aerosols released when speaking or coughing is significantly reduced.
May often brings a brief spell of colder weather but, based on the experience of recent years, this is followed by a sharp rise in temperatures. Not an exponential rise, but a steep, in fact very steep rise. So before you find yourself up to your armpits in humid, hot, sticky air, you should consider effective countermeasures and take up the best recommendation we currently offer: our new PAC 3500 S Air conditioning unit cools, ventilates and dehumidifies the air – all in one device! And it will be available soon!
Berlin is preparing for emergencies! With a construction time of only four weeks, a hospital with space for 500 coronavirus patients and around 130 ventilators has been built virtually overnight on the site of the Berlin exhibition centre. An empty exhibition centre has been converted. An external wing made from containers serves as a respite area for the medical personnel, as the hospital is a hygiene-sensitive infection area and it understandably may only be entered by people wearing the appropriate protective clothing and masks. But it’s not only Berlin that is gearing up. In many places there are plans for auxiliary makeshift hospitals to be set up in sports halls, exhibition centres or other halls that are not in use to aid the response to a new wave of infections.