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Impact of COVID 2019 on the Air Filtration Industry

Updated: Nov 3

Bob McIlvaine, President of the McIlvaine Company, will present the topic at WFI 2020 Annual Conference, Dec. 15-16, 2020. The theme of this conference is “IAQ Health and Safety Solutions Associated with COVID-19”. It will address the critical roles of facemasks and air filtration during the current pandemic for public health and safety.

Bob founded the McIlvaine Company in 1974. Filtration has been a major focus from the beginning. The company provides market research and technical evaluations of liquid and air filtration technology. Presently a great deal of effort is devoted to the HVAC filters and masks in the battle against COVID-19




Abstract of Mr. McIlvaine Presentation

The Coronavirus is not disappearing.  As school has started in Europe, new outbreaks have arisen. Experts now warn that the deaths in the U.S. will range from 300,000 to 600,000 by the end of the year. India is registering 90,000 new cases per day. A vaccine is not going to be 100% effective.  There is increasing evidence that much of the transmission is through small aerosols.  MERV 8 filters will not remove a high percentage of the virus and are likely to be aerosol generators for larger droplets. These conditions create a very large market opportunity for the filtration industry.  The market will not experience a sharp peak as the benefits of cleaner indoor air become permanently established.


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