More and more companies are returning to work and welcoming employees, students and visitors once again. Slowly, authorities and companies are allowing people to meet again, with new restrictions and rules of conduct.
One way or another, Covid-19 has affected everyone’s daily life, regardless of their employment or industry. Those with the option of working remotely were ordered to work/study from home, and many were furloughed for varying periods of time. New rules and procedures were introduced for those who could not perform their tasks remotely.
Some activities and professional roles have been hit particularly hard, leading to a sharp increase in unemployment and sick leave. In turn, this has placed severe pressure on most public organisations, e.g. the Public Employment Service, the Social Insurance Agency and health centres.
This year’s pandemic has led us to critically examine our indoor environments and reflect on the effect they might have on our health. Air quality is one of the factors that can affect the spread of infection and protect human health.
The coronavirus pandemic has increased public awareness of infection pathways and our own responsibilities. However, it is the responsibility of employers and managers to ensure that premises offer the best possible conditions and are a healthy place to visit.
It is now important to review indoor environments and routines in order to provide safe and secure surroundings to the greatest extent possible.
In recent years, countless articles and studies have been published demonstrating how the contents of the air can affect us, which is hardly surprising as the average person breathes in over 10,000 litres of air every day.
Air purification can significantly improve the air quality and reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria, as well as other types of airborne particles that can have a negative impact on our health such as dust, hair, pollen, mould and tobacco smoke.
Improving air quality reduces the risk of infection and sick leave and has positive effects in terms of increased productivity and concentration.
QleanAir’s standalone FS 70 and AirQlean air purifiers are used to protect people in many different industries, and are equipped with a filter combination based on your specific needs.
If necessary, our air purification solutions can be equipped with HEPA 14 filters. This is the air filter commonly used in environments that are very sensitive to airborne particles, such as healthcare environments and laboratories. During the current pandemic, many managers have chosen to install air purification systems with HEPA 14 filters, even in environments that were not previously considered particularly sensitive (e.g. offices, schools, staff rooms, waiting rooms and public spaces), as part of their efforts to make indoor environments as healthy as possible.
Air purification is an investment in human health, but also in the business as a whole.
Air is one of many factors
In terms of the spread of viruses, it is very important to emphasise that air purification cannot replace existing ventilation or other protective measures such as personal protective equipment, distancing, cleaning or hand hygiene.
HEPA filters effectively filter out (99.995% of MPPS) the viruses that come into contact with the filter, but it is not possible to guarantee that the virus will be caught by the filter before making contact with humans. The efficiency of air purification systems can be affected by room size, location of the air purifier, number of people, airflow, etc.
As a quote, bold, in box or otherwise highlighted: Standalone air purification solutions are an effective complement to existing ventilation and other protective measures.
In this article, you can read about the important differences between ventilation and air purification.
There are over 600 known types of viruses, and how a specific virus behaves is an extremely complex matter. When a new virus emerges, in-depth studies focussing on its spread are required. These studies take time, and for new viruses such as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, there are still no reliable answers.