I truly wish this was a joke, but it’s not. No more so than the recent admonition that we should wear masks while having sex. (Condoms, optional.) This is just the world in which we now live.
This idea isn’t a new idea. All the way back in April, “researchers” from both the University of Oregon and University of California-Davis said that “Central air conditioners take warm air and cool it (and vice versa for heaters); a mechanism that can transmit viral particles from one apartment or office to another via passage of air between units.” Even Qingyan Chen, who studies disease spread through ventilation at Purdue University, says “the most essential practice around air-conditioning and COVID-19 is to avoid hanging out near air conditioning exhaust.”
Apparently, air conditioning filters — those thick, dense, multi-layered contraptions we forget to change every three to four months, as prescribed — are incapable of filtering out the #CommieVirus droplets we sneeze, cough, hiccup, and otherwise spew into our airspace, resulting in the inevitable death of grandma or our morbidly obese, emphysemic co-workers at the other end of our office’s cubicle farms.
Which, of course, is why we need to wear those thin, single-layered face coverings as our last means of defense against certain death or murderous self-centered exhalations.
The mind boggles.
But, seriously . . . screw social-distancing if you’re in a restaurant where the proprietor is concerned about the creature comfort of their diners. “Researchers” in China found air-conditioning blew droplets around a restaurant, infecting 10 people . . . over the course of several days. It’s not known if it was the maitre’d or another guest who initiated the spread, but “six feet” between tables offered no escape from the deadly transmission, so nefarious are those filtered AC units.
But . . . masks.
Most recently, British “researchers” also recommend that we turn off air conditioning units to prevent the spread of the ‘Rona, conceding to WHO advisories that those airborne droplets can be “super spread” by recirculated air in closed spaces. Two meter social distancing and AC filtration systems, be damned.
But, wear the damn mask.
I find it interestingly coincidental that climate change “experts,” such as Greta Thunberg, also condemn air conditioning as an existential threat to humanity. Meanwhile, as Elon Musk and others plan their escape from the doomed environs of planet Earth, one of the principle means of survival will be air conditioned space suits and recirculated air in those extraterrestrial living quarters. Which, seems a totally unnecessary expense now that we’ve learned cloth face coverings are all that is essential to life, itself.