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UCSD professor presents Air Filtration Fan to White House to combat COVID

The box fan is proven to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus through the air and can filter the air for about half a year. 

A scientist from UCSD introduces an innovative craft to The White House.  

The renowned atmospheric scientist is Kimberly prather, a Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, who brought the Corsi-Rosenthal Box to the nation's capital. 

This invention was composed students and scientists part of a multi-campus and cross-country team.

They named it "Air Force One". 

So what does the box do? 

The Corsi-Rosenthan air filtration innovative craft is a box fan of MERV-13 filters, a box that captures most more particles than the typical MERV-filter. 

According to reports, the box fan is proven to decrease the spread of COVID-19 virus through air and is also capable of filtering the air for about half a year. 

Prater says that this fan box is a simple and affordable way to resist the spread of the virus. 

“This is a simple, effective, inexpensive, and accessible solution for all,” said Prather. “The C-R air filtration box is a low-cost innovation made of parts that are readily available that can effectively work in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 simply by cleaning the air. Anyone who can make a package to ship can build one. It is empowering for students and families to build their own. I’m honored to be part of this effort in addressing some of our most pressing needs with regards to indoor air quality and public health.”

Dr. Erica Kimmerling, Senior Advisor for Public Engagement at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, says that this is an innovative way to keep academic students healthier at indoor settings. 

“The evidence is clear – clean indoor air keeps students healthier and happier. We are excited to learn more about how these students put this evidence into action to benefit their community,” said Dr. Erica Kimmerling. “The ‘Air Force One’ air filter will not only help provide clean air to the staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, but it will be a great conversation starter to help spread the word about the ways people can improve indoor air quality.”