What can we do in our buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection? Are there measures beyond complete disinfection of work spaces to facilitate re-entry?
The following proposals are valid for spaces where non-clinical activity takes place, hospital environments already have much more demanding measures in place. If you are managing offices, supermarkets, retail shops, schools, sports centres, and so on, these tips are for you, especially if your site has mechanical ventilation systems.
The first step to reduce the possibility of infection within your facilities, is understanding the mechanism of transmission of the coronavirus.
The WHO states that the main means of transmission is through droplets of water that come out of our bodies when we speak, exhale or sneeze. The vast majority of viral load will be concentrated in the drops that are between 1 and 10 microns, which are those that stay between 1h and 12h in suspension.
The article focuses on 7 aspects and examines measures to reduce COVID-19 spread in your buildings. The aspects are the following:
- 1. Measures on the ventilation system
- 2. Measures on the filtration system
- 3. Measurements on humidity conditions
- 4. Measures on energy recovery from ventilation
- 5. Measurements on the fan coil units
- 6. Measures on the ventilation pipes
- 7. Measures on indoor air quality monitoring
Check the full article here to read the measures in full details.