How Can Buildings Prevent Covid-19?

Everywhere you look nowadays, there's an article or any piece of information about Covid-19. Even the way we live our daily lives has changed drastically because of the pandemic. That's how much this virus has affected us.

That's why it has become our mission, individually and collectively, to stop the spread of Covid-19 and make sure that we restore the world to its usual, virus-free ways. However, this will not be possible if we don't understand how the virus works. The only way to fight the enemy is to know what it is.

How Does Covid-19 Travel?

There are many types of viruses that cause respiratory diseases in humans, and one of them is the coronavirus or Covid-19. Plenty of research is yet to be done on this virus because its effects, behavior, and characteristics are pretty foreign to us. It isn't easy to pinpoint what it is exactly. However, we've already made progress.

So far, we know that the virus travels when a person emits respiratory droplets. This can either be in the form of coughing, sneezing, talking, or even breathing. Once the virus leaves the body, it can stay alive for an extended period, ranging from a few minutes to five days. It depends on where the virus lands and what strand it is.

Unfortunately, the virus can also stay in the air, which means that if the air stays inside a room, a healthy person who's in the same environment as an infected person may inhale some of the respiratory droplets and receive the virus.

Furthermore, if the virus lands on a surface capable of keeping it alive for a few days and it's not disinfected immediately, a person may get the strand after contact. This may not yet lead to infection. However, if that person touches his/her eyes, nose, or mouth without washing or disinfecting his/her hands, the virus can get inside his/her system. The same principle applies when two people shake hands or commit physical contact.

How to Optimize a Building

While it's still best for us to stay at home, there are times when we need to leave the house and go to a different location for work or other essential purposes. That's why different buildings need to upgrade their facilities and optimize Covid-19 prevention protocols. Here are some of the ways that we can do that.

Ventilation

We've mentioned that the virus can stay in the air for an extended period. That's why a room with poor ventilation and enclosed spaces will heighten the possibility of transmission. Air-conditioned rooms are often the optimal areas for airborne contaminants to thrive. That's why buildings need to apply traditional ventilation methods such as opening the windows and letting the outdoor air inside.

Public Bathroom Upgrade

We all need to use the bathroom. Unfortunately, this is also the place where Covid-19 is easily transmitted. That's because this is where we release our body fluids. To prevent the spread of the virus, buildings must make it a point to upgrade their bathroom facilities. We are installing bathroom partitions as one way to achieve this.

Handwashing Signage

Most people use alcohol to disinfect their hands. However, it's important to note that the alcohol must be 70% solution and must stay in the hands for at least 30 seconds to be effective. The best way to clean your hands is still through handwashing. That's why health officials make efforts to encourage buildings to post educational signages about proper handwashing. Of course, this also means that buildings should always have soap in their bathrooms. People must also be discouraged from using hand air-dryers as this may contain more viruses than any other part of the bathroom.

Improved Cleaning

Various building managers used to employ cleaning strategies only to maintain the appearance of the place. However, this wouldn't work anymore. It's impossible to spot where the virus is with just the naked eye. That's why buildings must use improved cleaning protocols to ensure that every inch of the place is disinfected. They must also guarantee that they have all the necessary safety equipment to prevent the virus's spread.

Air Filtration

While this may be the most challenging strategy to employ, it's also the most effective. Whole-building air filtration is the best guarantee that the virus is killed quicker. That's because as the air circulates, filtration systems will help reduce the number of airborne contaminants and generally make the indoor environment cleaner and safer.

We're still uncertain when the world is the way it was before. The only thing we know for sure is that we must all work together to fight the spread of Covid-19. Without everyone's efforts, the pandemic is far from over.

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