The city of Turlock will become the first in California to install air cleaning devices across its entire operational bus fleet, as it looks to protect its drivers from the risk of airborne transmission of coronavirus.
Turlock Transit, the city’s transit agency, plans to install a total of 20 AirLabs AirBubbl air cleaning devices in the driver cabins of its buses by the end of February, with eight devices already installed. The AirBubbl removes more than 95 percent of airborne viruses and contaminated particulate matter and floods the driver area with over 30,000 liters of clean air every hour, creating a clean air breathing zone to keep drivers safe.
California is one of the US regions hit hardest by coronavirus, with more than 30,000 registered deaths and more than 2.7M registered cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
The AirBubbl is equally effective at removing air pollution, including harmful ozone gases, nitrogen dioxide (NOx) and particle air pollutants PM2.5 and PM10, playing a vital role in protecting drivers long after the pandemic has passed.
California ranks as the state with the worst air quality in the US. Data suggests that more than 90 percent of Californians breathe unhealthy levels of air pollutants every year.
The link between air pollution and COVID-19 mortality rates is well established. In North America, 17 percent of COVID-19 deaths can be attributed to long term exposure to air pollution.
Marc Ottolini, CEO, AirLabs, said: “Professional drivers are one of the most at-risk groups from COVID-19 and forward thinking public transit operators across the world are deploying our innovative air cleaning technology to cut the risk of infection for drivers, protect them against air pollution and keep services running.”
AirLabs, the UK-based company behind the AirBubbl device, has also developed a new air cleaning device for the passenger cabins of public transportation, including bus and rail. AirLabs AiroSafe is designed to remove airborne virus particles from the passenger cabins of public transport, by creating a personal clean air zone for every seat.
The company aims to install the first AiroSafe units early this year and is currently setting up strategic partnerships with public transport manufacturers and operators.