Why indoor air quality monitoring and ventilation became the focus of the fight against COVID-19

November 15, 2022

The coronavirus pandemic aroused attention to the quality of the air breathed in offices and schools.

A healthy life is associated more with physical activity and eating fruits and vegetables in general. Sometimes it is not taken into account that people spend up to 90% of their lives indoors and breathing good quality air is also key to avoiding diseases. As the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through the air, indoor spaces such as schools and workplaces are becoming the focus of governments. They know that the changes for caring for indoor air quality will serve to control SARS-CoV-2 because there is still a risk of more waves and possible future pandemics.

The right to breathe cleaner indoor air free of pathogens such as the coronavirus was the focus of the summit on Improving Indoor Air Quality (October 12, 2022) at the White House in the United States. “In addition to new, updated COVID-19 vaccines and lifesaving treatments, improving indoor air quality within the buildings we use every day is an essential part of the Biden Administration’s plan to manage COVID-19 this fall and winter”, it was announced in the official statement.

The Administration has called on business and school leaders to take key steps to improve indoor air quality in their buildings as a key way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Speaking at the White House summit was Dr Joseph Allen, director of The Healthy Buildings program at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. He defended that buildings should be the first line of defence to reduce the spread of viruses: “The arguments in favour of airborne transmission are irrefutable. Almost all indoor infections occur in poorly ventilated spaces, ” he said.


 Air quality control should become the new norm in all buildings. In addition to the United States, other countries are updating their standards regarding indoor air quality.

Improving ventilation requires installing carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors that allow constant monitoring of the air we breathe and know if more ventilation is needed.

Air quality monitoring devices can be linked to BMS. HibouAir is one such air quality monitoring device that measures all important environmental parameters. HibouAir is simple, easy to install and economical. 

HibouAir is an air quality monitor specially designed for indoor air quality monitoring. HibouAir comes with a quick & easy set-up as it doesn’t require connecting or pairing. The device can be mounted easily on the wall. This indoor air quality monitor provides not only the concentration of different elements in the air such as CO2 or PM and volatile organic compounds (VOC) but also the other parameters such as humidity, temperature, atmospheric pressure & light level that affect the ambient environment around us. 

The system will be able to read real-time air quality data from HibouAir via Bluetooth or the cloud using the API for effective ventilation. 

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