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IQAir takes action against deadly coronavirus

At the peak of the Chinese Spring Festival, the outbreak of the newly discovered coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic threatened millions, with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and numerous other international health agencies issuing official warnings.

In response to the deadly outbreak, the Chinese National Health Commission held a conference on January 22, 2020, to assess the public health crisis posed by this new virus.

Li Bin, deputy director of the commission, confirmed as of midnight Tuesday, January 21, 2020, that at least 440 cases of pneumonia had been caused by this new coronavirus, affecting 13 provinces in China and resulting in a death toll of nine. (Within days of the conference, the death toll had risen to 26).

Has the new coronavirus spread beyond China?

The outbreak of the new coronavirus was linked to the city of Wuhan in China. But overseas, many cases had been reported near the end of January -- three in Thailand, two in Vietnam, one each in South Korea and Japan, two in France, and three in the United States – one in Washington state, one in Illinois, and one in Texas.

The escalating epidemic has garnered continuous attention from all walks of life – and IQAir, no stranger to deadly viral outbreaks, quickly stepped in.

IQAir supplies air purifiers and virus-resistant masks to key hospitals in Wuhan

IQAir took action to provide HealthPro 250 air purifiers to hospitals in Wuhan designated to treat those infected with the coronavirus, supplying the purifiers first to the radiology unit, respiratory unit, and other relevant hospital units at the Tongji Hospital, affiliated with the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, as well as to Wuhan Union Hospital to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, IQAir also arranged its global supply chain to give priority to the supply of the IQAir Mask in the Wuhan region. In the case of a limited supply of these masks, IQAir dedicated resources to the urgent transfer of goods to the Wuhan region.

How IQAir helped prevent the SARS virus outbreak

According to public health officials, this new coronavirus comes from the same family of viruses as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) at the center of a major deadly outbreak that made international headlines in 2003.

And IQAir technology solutions have already been rigorously tested against this family of viruses –the Hong Kong Hospital Authority provided more than 150 hospitals with designated IQAir air purifiers to resist the spread of the 2003 SARS epidemic.

Decades of experience in air purification system projects with medical institutions around the world prepared the Switzerland-based organization well for both the SARS outbreak and the 2020 coronavirus outbreak. The respiratory unit of Peking University People's Hospital in Beijing, China purchased numerous IQAir HealthPro 250 systems during the SARS outbreaks in 2003 – over 16 years later, the systems are still in stable operation.

IQAir commits to helping end coronavirus outbreak

IQAir’s central vision is simple: “Clean air for everyone, anytime, anywhere.” IQAir has thus committed itself to help prevent the spread of this new coronavirus.

"We are very concerned about the new coronavirus epidemic situation in China, and sincerely hope to make some contribution to the victory of the epidemic situation. "We hope that the epidemic will pass as soon as possible, and everyone can rest assured," said Frank Hammes, global CEO of IQAir.