Ensuring a healthier January in the office

Is it possible to reduce the risk of staff contracting flu and other viruses in the workplace? Yes, it is possible, with fairly simple measures. This is what research shows.

Influenza could be particularly tough this season. This is partly because so many people survived the flu - and other virus types - during the 2020-2021 season. The tough measures against COVID-19 meant that other viruses, such as the RSV and the calicivirus that causes vomiting, did not.

But this year they are here again. Most workplaces have reopened and are once again at risk of spreading infections. It is when people meet that viruses spread. Especially in indoor environments, such as offices where we spend long periods of time together.

Many viral diseases are airborne; they also occur as droplet infections. When someone coughs in the room, the particles remain in the air and you breathe them in as you pass by.

But what if it was possible to neutralize them so they can't hurt you anymore? It is indeed possible. But neutralizing them requires modern, proven technology that can take on the challenge, preferably immediately without the virus having to pass through a filter in the corner of the room.

This technology exists, has been tested by independent research institutes, and is part of a simple subscription offer for clean and virus-free air. For a fixed monthly cost, you can now reduce the risk of infection in the workplace by simply installing air purifiers together with scientifically proven virus inhibitors.

"I was really interested when I realized that LightAir's technology had evidence from a seven-year independent study led by the Karolinska Institute," says Mattias Wahlgren, Group Innovation Manager at Coor, which has around 30 subscriptions for LightAir's air purifiers and virus inhibitors in various office environments and meeting rooms.

Because they subscribe to the packages, they don't have to worry about maintenance or guarantees. LightAir takes care of everything related to operation.

Not only removes viruses

Mattias says that many of the people he talks to about the technology see the virus inhibitor as a Covid-19 killer, but he believes the real value lies in how well it works against a variety of viruses, both the traditional cold and, for example, new SARS variants. Research reports have shown how the technology neutralizes viruses by attacking their protein shells, making it difficult for them to enter and infect human cells.

The LightAir Health+ offer also includes high-efficiency air purifiers, which are proven to filter out a whopping 99.9% of all harmful bacteria, microbes, mold spores, allergens and other particles in the air that make people tired and unwell.

"The market is flooded with products that claim to clean the air, including from viruses, but very few have convincing scientific evidence," says Wahlgren, pointing out that workplace productivity is largely determined by factors such as the level of sickness absence and the alertness of staff.

Could be a tough season 21/22

Usually, immunity and other factors make some people less affected by flu and other types of viruses. Not everyone gets infected. But this year, many people have gone uninfected for a long time, putting more people at risk.

We see examples of this among children. RSV is one such virus that is thriving right now due to lower than normal immunity in the population. This virus had an early start to the season and then increased very quickly.

At the time of writing, according to the Swedish Public Health Agency, it is too early to predict how the flu season will develop. But with the braces and the belt that air purifiers in combination with virus inhibitors entail, you have at least created very good conditions for the air in the workplace not to contribute to the spread of infection..

5 quick facts about LightAir Health+
  1. The air purifiers filter 99.9% of harmful substances in the air, such as bacteria, mold spores, viruses, printer particles, allergens, pollen, traffic pollution, etc.
  2. The virus inhibitors neutralize 97% of airborne viruses, already in the air and without passing through a filter.
  3. Offered as a subscription solution - Clean Air as a Service - where installation and maintenance is fully managed by LightAir, at a fixed monthly cost.
  4. You don't have to worry about challenges such as functionality, guarantees or capital commitment. The service is completely predictable, avoiding administration and unexpected costs.
  5. Swedish-developed and award-winning offer, which has doubled the number of subscribers every six months in recent years and is now continuing its expansion with many well-known brands among its reference customers.

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