Rentokil Initial recently performed a survey with 2,000 adults in the UK to determine what current attitudes are regarding the threat of airborne transmission of Coronavirus, and how these attitudes have changed since late 2020.
Concerns on the rise
According to this survey, concerns have continued to build, with now over one in four (26%) Brits voicing fears about airborne transmission of the virus. This is an increase of 18% compared to the results of the same survey Rentokil Initial carried out in November 2020.
Last year, the World Health Organization updated guidance to say that Coronavirus can now be spread via aerosols in the air. This has had a considerable effect on public opinion, and, when combined with how much the media has covered airborne transmission in recent times, it makes sense that people are now more concerned than ever about air quality and what this means for them when they inevitably return to the workplace.
Airborne transmission and work environments
Over two thirds of those surveyed by Rentokil Initial (68%) said that employers and businesses need to do more to ensure that they are providing clean air on work premises – a small increase from the 65% who said the same in November. Interestingly, 62% of respondents even suggested that air purification systems should be made mandatory in public settings such as educational facilities and public services – an increase from the 59% who believed the same in the previous survey. Another interesting figure to emerge from this round of questionnaires is that 30% of people said they will refuse to return to the workplace unless they have a guarantee from their employer that indoor air quality will be good.
Heading into eased restrictions
Though many of us are looking forward to restrictions easing on April 12th, the survey did reveal a number of concerns that are still prominent in the public’s mind. The use of public transport, socialising in indoor spaces and drinking indoors at pubs and bars are additional concerns, all linked by one important aspect – the potential lack of ventilation and fresh air.
As such, it’s a smart idea to think about the airspace in your business and how this can be treated to give your customers, visitors, residents or any individual who frequents this space added defence against disease transmission and better peace of mind.
VIRUSKILLER™ air purification technology from Rentokil Initial is proven to kill 99.9999% of pathogens in a single air pass, including Coronavirus.1 This technology doesn’t just trap pathogens but also eliminates them, ensuring there is a significantly decreased risk of airborne transmission. Plus, as an added bonus, VIRUSKILLER™ filters the air to remove pollutants and allergens, helping to ensure that the air in your place of work remains pure and safe for all.
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1 When independently tested against Coronavirus DF2 (a surrogate for Coronavirus), Adenovirus, Influenza and Polio, the unit was found to kill 99.9999% of viruses on a single air pass.