With coronavirus dominating the news and fears about the
level of contagion sparking increasingly more forceful responses from
governments around the world, people are being advised to self-isolate if they
are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
Why are government advising people to stay away from
work, school, conferences, pubs, and other indoor places? It’s because
coronavirus, as with all other illnesses, is more likely to be passed on
How can you protect yourself, your staff, and the people
who depend on your organisation from illness? By installing an Airius PureAir
air purification and odour control system.
In this article, we examine:
We become ill when germs, bacteria, viruses, fungal
spores, viroids, prions, or protozoans enter our body and our immune system has
no immediate defence against this new pathogen.
Most of the time, our immune system starts to work out
the exact weapon it needs to successfully fight against these pathogens. Inside
us, for a few days, there is a way as our defence system protects us and we are
the friendly fire in that war.
But how do they spread? Colds and viruses spread a number
of different ways, some of the most common being airborne and through direct or
indirect contact with the pathogen. If you work with someone and they have poor
WC hygiene habits, you and your colleagues are particularly vulnerable.
Assuming you’re wearing appropriate clothing for the
outside temperate and weather conditions, you are less likely to catch a cold
or virus outdoors because the air which surrounds you is constantly changing.
Fresh air is good for you and the unceasing movement of
air outdoors is too hostile for most viruses and bacteria to survive and the
opportunity to latch onto a host is greatly diminished. Studies in America have
even shown that those of us who enjoy an outdoor life are likely to be
healthier, less susceptible to illness, and less likely to suffer from
allergies because, among other things, the “goodness” of outdoor air and
physical exercise helps to build our immune systems.
Colds and viruses are much happier indoors – the
environment is far less harsh for them. MRSA, Norwalk virus, streptococcus,
bird flu, swine flu, candida albicans, listeria, streptococcus pneumoniae,
staphylococcus aureus, and bacillus globigii can survive outside of a human body
for a longer time than you might think if the environment is right for them.
We might be sharing an office or a bus in the winter with
others meaning we’re in much closer contact with these other people and their
If you’re already ill and the air quality is poor, it
makes the cold or virus you’re suffering from worse. Pollutants, whether
indoors or outdoors, cause our body to produce “inflammatory” agents en
masse and, past a certain point, they actually inhibit our recovery.
Indoors, those pollutants might be cleaning product
chemicals. Pollutants may be caused by damp, poor ventilation (meaning
continuous exposure to the same germs), your home heating system, and even your
The risk of catching a cold or virus in your own home is much greater than being outside but that risk is dwarfed by the threat of infection in the workplace.
Governments’ first reaction to the ongoing coronavirus
pandemic has not been to advise people to go to work or school – it’s to stay
That’s because the pollutants often introduced into your
workplace by your colleagues, customers, service users or patients are much
worse because there are so many people. It’s the same reason so many new students
become sick after they move into a hall of residence with hundreds of other
At least if you’re in your own home, there’s only you and
your family to worry about – in a work environment, there’ll be the cough, the
sneezes, the unwashed hands, and more of potentially hundreds of carriers who
can pass on their ailment to you.
Every sneeze and cough indoors means that we’re at a
greater risk of exposure. And the risk of exposure lasts long after the sneeze
or the cough because germs can survive for much longer without a host indoors.
Every time we touch the furniture, the fixtures, or the door handles in an
office or on a bus, these germs who are enjoying an extended life have another
opportunity to infect us.
When you’re in work and one or more colleagues is sick,
it’s hard sometimes not to resent the extra workload on you. But, for some
companies and organisation, that resentment and dissatisfaction goes a lot
further because of something called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).
SBS describes when numerous colleagues within a company
claim that the building they work in makes them feel poorly. In cases where SBS
is not caused by assembly process or construction material defects, poor
cleaning, poor air quality, and insufficient building maintenance is to blame.
There is a way to protect your colleague’s health and to prevent the spread of cold and viruses among your workforce – thorough and regular cleaning, better movement of air within a confined space, and better quality of air within a confined space.
Your office should be cleaned a few times every week with
a deep clean taking place every three months. For your cleaners or contract
cleaners, the deep clean will take a lot longer if germs, bacteria, and
viruses’ lives are made easier by stale, stagnant, and inadequate indoor air
quality. And a deep clean on its own isn’t enough.
If you solve the problem or poor air quality, the experience of our customers suggests that absenteeism will decline by 20%. Your no-longer sick building will not be the cause of an average of five days of sick leave per year per employee.
The germs, bacteria, and viruses present in poor quality air will make yours a less pleasant company or organisation to work for. But how do you kill them – or at least 99.99% of them.
You do that through a process called oxidation – it’s the
same chemical that causes metal to rust. Oxidation causes complex and damaging
reactions in the underlying structure of germs, bacteria, viruses, fungal
spores, viroids, prions, and protozoans.
It’s achieved by shining a broad spectrum,
high-efficiency UV light into an enclosed indoor area – this light reactions
with airborne moisture to create something called hydroperoxides. The
hydroperoxides accelerate the oxidation process in the pathogens present in the
area of use within your office or workplace.
The Airius PureAir reduced by a factor 99.99% the
presence of MRSA, Norwalk Virus, Streptococcus, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Candida
Albicans, and SARS within the space of 24hrs. There was also a 99.99% reduction
in listeria, mould, streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, and
bacillus globigii present within 48 hours.
In addition, users benefit from:
Companies using the PureAir system see a 20% reduction in
absenteeism. The PureAir has been tested and approved by the Chinese Government
for protection against the SARS Virus as well as receiving US military approval
for mould protection in field hospitals.
Please get in touch with us by calling 01202 554 200 or
simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch with further
information on the Airius PureAir system.
Based in Dorset, Airius provides destratification fans,
LED lighting systems, and electrical engineering services. We work with public
sector organisations and businesses to improve their physical environments and
to reduce energy expenditure. Our client roster includes British Airways,
Harrods, Mercedes, Siemens, Morrisons and Waitrose.