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Achieving a Safe Workplace in a COVID Environment: Ventilation Remediation to Abate Airborne COVID Transmission

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Since the start of the pandemic, experts from many disciplines debated how to STOP Covid spread. A belief that close contact droplets of “sneezes, coughs and moist talking” was the culprit, led to a “hygiene theatre” culture of masks, plexiglass barriers and obsessive hand and grocery disinfection. Six feet became the religiously accepted safe personal zone. Science eventually realized that the real culprit was predominantly the indoor air that we share, both within and well outside of the personal zone. This led to our current understanding that, in order to stop the spread of Covid, we must remediate contaminated air in indoor facilities where people work, socialize, interact, and congregate.

Airborne Covid-19 is transmitted between workers in congested, poorly ventilated workplaces, who then being either symptomatic or asymptomatic take Covid home to their nuclear, extended, and multi-generational families, long term care facilities and other congregate communal living arrangements became prime hunting grounds for the invisible Covid enemy. Remediating and improving poor indoor air quality (IAQ), via improved ventilation, quickly became essential. Contaminated air that is inhaled, must be treated no less than infected water that we drink. Indoor social distancing by itself is insufficient. The shared indoor air in all workplace environments must be decontaminated.

Gabor and Lawrence will highlight the means to clean the air, and for workplaces to sustainably coexist with Covid, via interventions such as Air Exchanges Dilution with outside fresh air, and HEPA filtration.

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