Managing Indoor Environments In A Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has created a greater public health awareness than any of us have ever had in our lifetimes. As the pandemic has continued and immunologists have learned more about the virus, they’ve been able to explain risk factors to the public. We now know that avoiding larger gatherings is important, and that outdoor environments are safer than indoor environments. As the weather takes a turn for the colder though, outdoor options aren’t always readily available. How can you manage an indoor environment during the pandemic to reduce your risk of contracting and spreading coronavirus?

Sanitizing Indoor Environments Reduces Risk

At this point, everyone is aware of the social practices that can reduce the risk of viral transmission. Reducing the risk in an indoor environment requires that each individual practice safety. If you are managing an indoor space, you can further reduce risk by sanitizing the space. Cleansing contact surfaces helps, but the virus is transmitted by droplets that are often spread through the air. Professional sanitization crews can use cleaning methods that reduce airborne transmission, as well as contact surface transmission.

Manage the Number of People in an Indoor Environment

Perhaps the most effective way to reduce viral transmission risk in an indoor environment is to manage the number of people in that environment. Even with proper sanitization methods in place, crowded indoor environments with high turnover still pose a high risk for transmission. That’s why indoor dining at a restaurant will continue to be risky, even with updated safety practices. If you are managing an indoor space, reduce the number of people inside that environment, distance them when possible, and require the wearing of masks.

Ventilate the Indoor Space When Possible

Another step that you can take to manage an indoor space during the pandemic is to vent the space when possible. Opening the windows allows for the circulation of air, and can prevent droplets from building up inside a confined space. Hybrid indoor-outdoor spaces work well in warmer climates. Also, if you’re able to choose the indoor environment in which you will be meeting or working, environments with air filtration systems can reduce the risk of contaminate spread. As always, it’s a good idea to choose a space that is large enough to accommodate the number of people who are meeting.

DFW Disinfecting Provides Professional Sanitization

If you are responsible for an indoor environment during the pandemic, sanitizing the space with the help of professionals is strongly encouraged. DFW Disinfecting provides safe, effective disinfection for both commercial and residential spaces. We utilize electrostatic technology to remove both airborne and surface contaminants from the target environment. Learn more about our advanced sanitization technology by contacting DFW Disinfecting at 214-693-0075.