Airthings has unveiled a brand-new capability for its business solution: the Airthings Virus Risk Indicator. Designed to create an indoor environment where people thrive, but viruses don’t, Airthings’ Virus Risk Indicator is now available to all new and existing Airthings for Business customers.
The new feature helps people understand their indoor air quality and how it contributes to spreading airborne viruses, providing personalised insights that will allow them to minimise the risk.
Airthings’ Virus Risk Indicator provides a solution for businesses and schools to take control of their indoor air, by understanding their risk and minimising the spread of airborne viruses indoors.
The Virus Risk Indicator uses data from Airthings core sensors that track CO2, humidity, and temperature into a custom-developed algorithm that calculates the risk of airborne virus spread in an indoor space.
The Virus Risk Indicator evaluates four factors that have direct relationships with indoor airborne virus spread and then assigns a ranked risk level ranging from one to 10. These factors include the following:
- Virus survival rate: How long virus microdroplets can survive in the air.
- Room occupancy: Densely populated rooms increase the chance that people breathe each other’s breath.
- Ventilation rate: How much and how often fresh air is coming in a space.
- The body’s natural defenses: The effectiveness of our bodies to defend against airborne viruses is affected by temperature and humidity.
Once integrated, Airthings for Business customers can access their Virus Risk Indicator data via the Airthings Dashboard, an online platform that provides access to real-time and historical sensor data.
The Airthings for Business solution is ideally suited for any office, school, or commercial space. By monitoring the air quality in individual rooms and spaces, users can understand which areas have elevated airborne virus risk and adjust accordingly. Airthings’ mitigation insights will provide advice on how to manage and reduce risk, such as increasing or changing ventilation systems or establishing occupancy limits on certain rooms. Different areas might need a different approach, and data is essential for planning preventive measures as part of virus risk reduction strategy.
Because the Airthings for Business solution continuously monitors indoor air quality, it is feasible to evaluate where methods are working and where they aren’t. Armed with this data, users can then test different methods to find a sweet spot that keeps any airborne Virus Risk levels low.
Users can even generate a Virus Risk Insight report to receive detailed analysis of all monitored rooms in your building. The report provides insight into indoor air quality and the factors that might impact the spread of airborne viruses. Airthings sensors do not measure nor detect viruses in the air.