If COVID-19/coronavirus now has you working from home or if you work from home already, I've outlined some basic Indoor Air Quality factors to consider for your new workspace.
Many of these are described in my book, Healthy Harmless Home, available on Amazon.
1. Ventilation: Choose a workspace with windows so you can take advantage of proper ventilation. Even a cracked window can significantly improve your indoor air.
2. Humidity Control: This is a very important factor because viruses can flourish at both low and high relative humidity (RH) levels. A good level to shoot for is 35-50% RH. To achieve this, you may have to invest in a portable humidifier if levels are too low or running your A/C if levels are too high. I recommend investing in a humidity gauge. I recommend investing in a good temperature/humidity gauge or an IAQ monitor. If you're interested, please contact me for recommendations.
3. HVAC: Replace your A/C filters at least every 90 days. More time at home usually means more operating time for your A/C system. I recommend Best Living Systems 90-day PerfectFit Air Filters.
4: Printers: Most people don't realize that most printers produce a significant number of particles to the air, which affects IAQ. I recommend wireless printers that can be placed in another location away from your primary workspace.
5: Household Cleaners: There is no need to over-clean your home. This can have an adverse affect on IAQ if you're using products with a lot of harmful chemicals. I suggest switching to "green" products like EnzyMagic201 from Best Living Systems.
Also, don't forget to clean objects that you touch a lot such as your keyboard, mouse and phones.
6: Air Purifier: Invest in a high-quality air purifier that destroys microbes, viruses, bacteria BOTH in the air and on surfaces. I recommend The MCI PureSynAIRg or BLS12K from Best Living Systems. They are also HVAC-mounted options.
7. Basements: If you live in an area of the country with basements, it's generally not a good idea to set up a workspace there. Basements are usually damp and prone to mold growth and higher radon levels. Radon is a serious potential carcinogen. There is a chapter in my book about this topic.
8: Take Breaks: Remember to take breaks at least once per hour for at least 10 minutes. Stand up, stretch, take a walk, grab a snack. Not only is this good for blood circulation, but it's a great cure for those pesky "blocks" we tend to get while working.
If you do head to kitchen for a snack, try to be as healthy as possible to keep your immune system in check.
I sincerely hope that this information has been helpful and well received.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the products mentioned above or have general questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!