Clearing the air: Covid and the indoor environment

Mike Booth, global market director for air treatment at Fellowes, discusses how improving the indoor air quality of care home environments can create a healthier and more comfortable quality of life of residents.

Covid-19 poses additional concerns to elderly people who often have more compromised immune systems. With more than 40,000 Covid-related deaths in England and Wales, care homes have often been the focus of attention during the pandemic.

Within care home environments, there is an intense focus on hygiene and cleaning standards to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the residents and mitigate the spread of viruses, bacteria, germs and infectious diseases.

For example, it is common practice for care homes to implement infection prevention and control, enforcing such measures as stringent hand washing procedures using soap, sanitiser and alcohol solutions. Staff routinely wear disposable gloves and aprons and strict diligence is taken in every aspect of day-to-day tasks including the handling of waste and linen to ensure a near sterile environment for residents.

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