UK car brands: New air conditioning standard ‘could save the NHS’
The UK’s leading car manufacturers are in agreement on a new air conditioning system which could save the health of patients from potentially harmful COVID-19 aerosols.
The UK government is set to launch a national air conditioning policy in the run-up to the country’s general election in May, which will include proposals to extend the life of existing air conditioners.
However, many car companies, including Volvo, BMW, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche, have rejected the policy, arguing that the government has not sufficiently considered how COVIDs can be spread.
It comes as new figures revealed that the UK now has more COVID patients than any other country in Europe, and a new study suggested that a blanket blanket ban on the use of COVID air conditioning could save lives.
The study found that the use and spread of COVS and their products has contributed to the rise in cases of COV-19 in the UK, with more than 5,000 people now confirmed to have died from COVID.
The Royal College of Physicians said it was “extremely concerned” about the proposal, saying that COVID is “an increasingly common and serious illness” which “threatens public health and the lives of millions of people every year”.
The committee also called for the UK government to introduce a national COVID health alert system which would give the public “clear and timely information” on the spread of the disease.
“We must ensure that COVIS is fully understood and widely adopted so that the public can be kept informed on its spread,” said Dr Jo Johnson, the RCP’s director general, in a statement.
Car companies including Jaguar Landrover and Porsche have already been lobbying for a ban on COVID, and some have said they would like to see their vehicles replaced by a COVID proof drive system.
But there is still considerable disagreement over how effective the government’s proposal would be.
For one thing, it would not require the removal of air conditioning units from vehicles.
Instead, it is proposed that consumers could install COVID filters in the air conditioning unit itself.
And as a result, car companies would still have access to their own COVID systems, which could help them to identify cases of the virus more quickly.
If implemented, the policy would not be without its challenges.
There are fears that the introduction of a blanket ban would force more people to buy new air conditioner systems, because many people would not have bought new air-conditioners in the first place if the government had not considered the impact on COV deaths and COVID sufferers.