With a greater push for economies to re-open, and for people to return to offices, the Covid-19 virus is but one of the many concerns we should have in the working environment.
The phrase “heading outside for some fresh air” is packed with truth, because the quality of indoor air is typically poorer than that of air outdoors – given that pollutants, viruses and bacteria are recycled in the air, especially if there is not equipment or infrastructure to prevent it.
Ironically, indoor air quality is vital to our everyday lives and health and we normally spend a good 90% of our time indoors. Pollutants found in indoor air should therefore concern us just as much, if not even more than what we see or smell outside. In fact, indoor air pollution is one of the top five environmental risks to public health, according to the US Environment Protection Agency.
Poor indoor air quality has often been linked to several common health and productivity issues, such as lack of focus, headaches, eye, nose, throat (ENT) irritations, nausea, fatigue and increase incidence of infection just to name a few. Further to that, the looming thought of contracting an annoying cold or even the Covid-19 virus further necessitates measures to improve and maintain clean air quality indoors for better overall health, and here are three main strategies to help: