• Half of Brits reluctant to return to the office

        • Two thirds (63%) of Brits say COVID-19 has changed their behaviour forever, admitting that there are things they will never do again following the pandemic. Research conducted amongst 2,000 UK adults in February found that one in five (19%) of those polled went as far as to say that they will refuse to return to ‘normal life’ unless robust public health measures are introduced.

          The study completed by So Pure Air – which provides air sterilizers, highlighted a number of concerns that are likely to have a direct impact on employers’ ‘return to work’ strategies. Released after data revealed a significant number of COVID-19 outbreaks occurred in offices during the first two weeks of the current lockdown in England, the poll showed that almost half (44%) are reluctant to return to their office.   

          For indoor spaces, favoured health and safety measures include open-window policies to aid airflow (42%), permanent social-distancing regulations (38%) and compulsory mask-wearing (37%). 

          The mandatory installation of air sterilization systems in the workplace and on public transport (61%), and in pubs and bars (59%) also proved popular, as three-quarters of those polled going as far to say that rating systems – similar to the ones used for food hygiene – should be introduced for air quality in indoor spaces. 

          The research comes as evidence suggests that the vast majority of COVID-19 infections happen indoors, and as experts highlight the lack of understanding around how aerosols – microscopic particles emitted from mouths that, unlike droplets, float mid-air until they’re blown away – impact the transmission of airborne viruses.

          Stephen Slater, Managing Director at So Pure Air said, “We’ve been living with the pandemic and the new societal norms that came with it for so long now that it’s no surprise some of us feel a little uneasy about picking up where we left off and returning to life as we once knew it. 

          “As restrictions are lifted and we ease our way back into our day-to-day routines, it’s clear that that the majority of people won’t feel completely at ease until measures that are proven to either reduce the prevalence of germs in the air or prevent the spread of them from person-to-person are introduced. 

          “It’s widely understood that transmissions of viruses – including COVID-19 – occur more often indoors, and scientific experts have highlighted the lack of understanding around how aerosols (microscopic particles emitted from mouths that, unlike droplets, float mid-air until they’re blown away) impact the transmission of airborne viruses, meaning that this should be a priority for us all as we come out of the pandemic – whether that’s via open-window policies, mandatory mask-wearing or the compulsory introduction of technology that purifies the air within enclosed spaces.”

          Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, and local air cleaning and filtration units can be used to reduce airborne transmission where it isn't possible to maintain adequate ventilation. Air filtration systems, including those developed by So Pure Air, use medical-grade technology with three-stage air filtration, purification and sterilisation processes that trap and destroy up to 99.7 per cent of bacteria and airborne viruses.  

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