Long-term care facilities, like most buildings, were originally constructed to protect occupants from extreme climatic conditions and other outdoor threats. In the last several decades the focus on buildings as shelters has unfortunately been overshadowed by design, construction and operating practices that show clear and immediate profitability. The availability of inexpensive synthetic building materials and emphasis on energy-efficiency have unwittingly created indoor environments that often increase the spread of infectious diseases and other occupant illnesses. Until recently, common practices in mechanical system design, operation, choice of building materials and disinfection protocols were largely unchallenged. The Covid–19 pandemic has changed this! Supporting the health, in fact the very survival, of occupants in long-term care facilities must be accomplished by following evidence-based guidelines known to decrease the indoor spread of disease. Clearly, respiratory infections cause huge productivity losses and generate enormous healthcare expenses that must be borne both by businesses and society at large. The catastrophic consequences for the economy have been vividly demonstrated by the coronavirus lockdowns. Flu infections alone are responsible for more than 500 million cases worldwide every year. In this pivotal time when we once again turn to buildings for shelter, we are excited to reveal to you actionable steps, backed by medical and building science research, that you can take to manage your indoor environment to truly protect the occupants and staff of long-term care facilities from viral respiratory disease.
Join us for this webinar to learn how to maintain healthier long-term care facilities to reduce the spread of infectious disease and to keep occupants and staff safe.
- How indoor air quality affects our health.
- What building characteristics contribute to virus transmission.
- Why viruses can be more harmful in dry conditions.
- The roles humidity, temperature, and CO2 play in making your building healthier.
- Best practices and products to improve your indoor air quality.