Getting Back to Life and Staying Safe During COVID-19

What’s your COVID-19 status? And by that I mean, have you returned on-site to your place of business, school, or other life pursuits? Even if you haven’t what safety measures do you have in place in protect you and your family?

Let’s talk safety protocols during this very uncertain time…

During the initial lockdown, I lived and breathed Lippi Lab's BSL2 (Bio Safety Level 2), which is the hyper-vigilant state that research scientists follow in their laboratory protocol. Literally: imagine everything is potentially infectious.

So when it was time to reopen my clinic, I was forced to reevaluate my mindset and figure out a way to stay healthy while treating my patients. I sat down with my partner Giordano, a neuroscientist, and together we compiled a list of protocols and practices to best address safety concerns at our current point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowing that the coronavirus can be contracted by aerosol contact—through the air—it’s of utmost importance to be aware of potential means of infection:

breathing, talking, and basically anything coming out of the nose and mouth.

Since we cannot live in a bubble, especially in the workplace, I’ve adopted 2 must-have products at the clinic to minimize airborne germs, which I am sharing with you here. While I’ve conducted countless hours of research coming up with these recommendations, there is of course no guarantee that using these invaluable products can completely protect anyone from infection.

1) HEPA Air Filter:

These H13-Grade True HEPA air filters capture 99.97% of harmful germs. The three options below are the top choices based on the size of the room. HEPA air filters in general are also good to remove allergens, pet dander, mold, and smoke.

I’ve listed them here based on room size, from smallest to largest. A general note about all of these options:

  • All include a pre-filter, True HEPA Filter, and activated carbon filter

  • Filters should be changed every 6-8 months

  • When you open your air filter, make sure to unwrap the protective sleeve of the filter before use

  • The bigger the room, the longer it may take for initial filtration—up to 30 minutes to "clear the air".

hOmeLabs True HEPA Filter

(Small Room)

  • For a small-sized (up to 57.5 sqft).

  • Compact and quiet

  • Nightlight option

  • Filter lasts for 2100 hours

Levoit Core 300 True HEPA Filter (Medium Room)

  • For a medium-sized room (between 219.5 sq ft - 547 sq ft in 30 mins)

  • Takes in air from all directions and purifies air 5 times per hour

  • Sleep mode and timer functions

Levoit Tower HEPA Filter (Large Room)

  • For a large room (538 sq ft - 1076 sq ft in 30 mins)

  • Quiet

  • Real-time air quality updates

  • Particle sensor detects airborne contaminants and automatically adjusts fan speed

  • Auto mode and timer options

2) UV/UVC Light:

This UVC light clears all germs in the room. It’s best to use this as soon as you arrive to your office or work space. Even though I take each patient’s temperature, the absence of a fever isn’t enough of a safeguard since we know that the coronavirus may not present as a fever.

This UVC light germ disinfectant offers an extra layer of precaution for me and my patients. I use it immediately after a patient leaves and between every patient to sanitize the room. I took a lot of time to research and land on the right product, but after reading all the reviews, I’m convinced this model (which I have in my clinic) is the absolute best.

UV Light with Remote and Timer

  • Includes a remote

  • 15, 30, and 60 minute timer

  • Special protective glasses included

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not stay in the room when the light is on. Keep plants and animals (even your fishbowl) away from the UV light. UVC light is powerful enough to kill viruses, so even though it’s deemed safe for humans, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also be sure you air out the room immediately after use.