Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva said there is an apparent “fragile, armed peace” with Covid-19.
“In the hopes of stemming the tide of the pandemic and reducing mortality, we need to reduce the level of contamination, which the vaccine cannot do alone,” he said.
In closed-off spaces, aerosols that carry Covid-19 can remain in the air for some time. They move around the space and greatly increase the risk of infection.
Researchers said one thing for sure that if a window is opened, or a space is well ventilated, the virus-carrying aerosols dissipate like smoke.
But they said that nowhere near enough is being done to ventilate public and private spaces across the world.
“On the whole, this is an issue that governments have not yet taken up,” Flahault said.
Since the pandemic started, only a few countries have announced plans to tackle proper ventilation.
In March the US government called on all building owners and operators, as well as schools and universities, to “adopt key strategies to improve indoor air quality”. The European Union has not issued any binding statements on improving air quality in light of Covid.
Belgium however announced plans to have a carbon dioxide meter located in all places open to the public. Having such a meter is voluntary until the end of 2024, when it becomes mandatory.
Hopefully, the world takes this more seriously as it is one of the major steps in driving the pandemic out.
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