On Friday, the Trump Administration released a draft rule that would roll back some of the most stringent COVID prevention and response policies adopted by the Obama administration.
It was widely expected that the rule would have a major impact on how people manage their exposures to the coronavirus, but there’s no clear consensus about what it means for people who use refrigerators or air conditioners.
A new report from the Public Health Association (PHA) says the rule will increase the cost of the devices.
The PHA released a report that finds that the cost per year of an air conditioner, refrigerator, and air conditioning system will be $16.90 in 2019, $13.60 in 2020, and $13 in 2021, with the costs increasing every year thereafter.
It says the costs of a new air condition, refrigeration, and/or air conditioning unit will increase by an average of more than $10 per month, based on the current COVID scenario.
PHA says these new COVID bills will hit the elderly and people with chronic health conditions the hardest, as older people tend to spend more time indoors, where there are more air conditioning options.
“We’re seeing a lot of people who are at a high risk for COVID,” said Dr. Katherine M. Dolan, the lead author of the PHA report, in an interview.
“They’re older, they’re people who spend a lot more time outdoors.”
The PHAC report also notes that some of these COVID interventions have been successful in preventing COVID outbreaks.
“The use of refrigeration has proven to be an effective COVID preventive measure, and COVID response measures are effective,” Dolan said.
“However, as COVID continues to spread and there are new coronaviruses emerging, it is important to consider whether there is a need to reevaluate these interventions.”
The rule will have a huge impact on the health of the elderly, Dolan noted.
The elderly have a higher risk of COVID because they are more likely to be at risk for respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and they are less likely to have access to health care services.
The rule says that, “the Secretary shall take action to ensure that air condition and refrigeration units purchased or purchased for the use of the older population are equipped with the following: a) Low, constant humidity, which minimizes the possibility of condensation on the refrigeration unit; b) A venturi-type cooling system that is capable of keeping the air temperature below 50 degrees F and provides for continuous use; c) A refrigeration fan that does not allow condensation of the air in the cooling unit; d) A fan with an auto-start feature that will not exhaust the air when the air is at a temperature below the recommended ambient temperature, and that can be turned off at the time of installation; e) A high-efficiency fan for the refrigerating unit that can operate continuously; f) A non-toxic water treatment system; g) A temperature-controlled ventilation system that includes a fan, a low-flow hose, and a timer that will automatically shut off when the temperature falls below 40 degrees F. These new COVEHPs will add an additional cost to air conditioning and refrigerators that people will have to pay more for.
PHAC did not provide a specific list of these new rules, but the PHAC said that it “will be reviewing the rule and will include recommendations on how to implement it in order to minimize the cost.” “
For these high-temp, non-venturi refrigeration systems, PHAC will not require that the unit be installed to the lowest temperature possible, such as 50 degrees or below,” PHA said in a statement.
PHAC did not provide a specific list of these new rules, but the PHAC said that it “will be reviewing the rule and will include recommendations on how to implement it in order to minimize the cost.”
The new rules are the latest in a series of steps that have been taken by the Trump White House to try to speed up the COVID vaccine rollout, including the recent move to extend the deadline for people to receive the vaccine to Dec. 31.
The president has also proposed rolling back a ban on allowing anyone who has previously been infected to receive COVID vaccinations, a proposal that was supported by the PHAA.
In a statement, PHAA said that “there are a variety of ways to mitigate the impact of the COVEhPs, including by extending the timeline for vaccination coverage and by extending COVE-1 vaccination coverage.
The Trump Administration has proposed delaying the enrollment of COVE1 and COVE2 vaccine recipients to Dec 31, 2018, as well as reducing the length of vaccine supply periods for vaccine recipients, but these actions are not the end of the world.
PHAA will continue to monitor the implementation of these proposed changes to the COV vaccine rollout to determine the best course of action to best ensure the safety and security of