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Stress Management for Immune Protection

April, 2020
Stress management is now more important than ever, as research tells us that increased stress levels can negatively impact our immune response over time and increase our susceptibility to infections. If you’re feeling stressed, consider meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, short walks outside, or tapping into your social network for support. Check out these strategies for relaxation from the Mayo Clinic.

Air Pollution Levels & Covid-19 Lockdowns

April, 2020
What do air pollution levels tell us about urban life & Covid-19 lockdowns? Read more from the team at Breezometer.

Your Building Can Make You Sick or Keep You Well

April, 2020
In this New York Times article, Dr. Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, writes about how proper ventilation, filtration and humidity can reduce the spread of pathogens like the new coronavirus. “Limiting the impact of this epidemic will require an all-in approach. With significant uncertainty remaining, we should be throwing everything we have at this highly infectious disease. That means unleashing the secret weapon in our arsenal — our buildings.”

Places Matter: Global health and Covid-19

April, 2020
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is committed to galvanizing community efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic. “This is a critical time to work together to accelerate conversations, education and solutions that focus on how the places where we spend our lives can enhance and improve health – not only in unsettling times like these, but on every day of the year. That’s why we are taking action to focus on the leading role buildings, communities and organizations can play to support our health and well-being overall, and our collective ability to prepare for and respond to global health challenges like the one we’re experiencing now. Today, more than ever, place matters to the future of protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large.”

Cleaning in the Time of Coronavirus

April, 2020
We hope you are staying as safe as possible during the outbreak of Covid-19. As you hunker down at home for the long haul, here are some tips to improve sanitization and disinfection; from hand washing as self-care and UVC light to clean your phone to disinfectants meeting EPA standards and HEPA vacuuming at home. Stay tuned for more tips on wellness in the time of Coronavirus! Hand Washing to Feel Good! Self-Care – Hand washing is a great opportunity for regular self-care. Transform a thorough hand washing process into a soothing hand massage that works out any joint stiffness and circulates oxygen-rich blood through your muscles: Step 1: Lather your hands with soap and water. Step 2: Use one hand to massage the other; start with your palm and work up to your wrist. Step 3: Slowly massage each finger with your opposite hand, making sure to include the base and top of the finger. Step 4: Next, focus on massaging the back of your hand and wrist. Step 5: Add more soap to your lather and repeat the process on your other hand. Steph 6: Rinse your hands thoroughly with warm water! Turn up the heat – Warm water makes those 20 seconds of hand washing a more pleasant and comforting experience! Indulge in Moisturizer –  Frequent hand washing can dehydrate your skin, so keep your favorite moisturizer handy. Try infusing your moisturizer with essential oils or other scents that make you feel happy. Music that Inspires –  While the CDC recommends humming ‘Happy Birthday’ to ensure an adequate hand washing time, you can always set a 20 second timer through your smart home assistant and choose music that uplifts you. Sink-Side Scenery –  Bring in some beauty to liven up your bathroom or kitchen sink area – from art, photography or imagery that inspires to aromatherapy and fresh plantlife. You’re not Alone –  Remember that proper hand washing is not just for your own benefit, but also helps protect your housemates, family members, and anyone else you might come into contact with. Towel Care –  Try and allocate separate hand towels for each family member. People with Covid-19 can be asymptomatic for a while, and some may only develop mild symptoms. Since the virus can travel through droplets from infected persons and onto towels, the towels should be washed frequently to minimize risk of transmission. No Soap – Use a hand sanitizer with 60-70% alcohol content to supplement hand washing, especially if you are traveling,  to ensure that your hands remain clean. Clean. Your. Phone. As you probably already know, your smartphone is generally teeming with bacteria. If you don’t clean your phone, you’ll pick up most of the germs you just spent 20 seconds washing off your hands! Be sure to clean both your phone and its cover with disinfectant wipes that meet EPA standards to help combat the novel coronavirus and other viruses and bacteria. Another great tool for phone cleaning is UVC light, which can kill