Raleigh, NC – With extensive research on the relationship between the air we breathe and COVID-19 transmission, the indoor air quality experts at qlair have adapted their AI-powered monitoring solutions to track prequalifying conditions for COVID-19 airborne transmission. The result? The COVID-19 Airborne Infection Risk Score (CAIRS).
Several known air quality parameters have been linked to the airborne transmission of COVID-19 – Particulate Matter (fine dust particles suspended in the air), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), and Relative Humidity (RH). By implementing new logic within qlair’s algorithm, the critical thresholds of these parameters are now being monitored closely to assess airborne risk.
“Let’s face it, indoor spaces are at the highest risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. We have clear evidence, and now is the time to act. Our team is using different risk indicators of virus concentration and transmission to create one easy-to-understand risk assessment. Various sensors and remote monitoring devices allow buildings to gather data on just about everything, but we have come to realize that this can overwhelm clients in their day-to-day. One of our primary goals at qlair is to make sense of these data, and by doing so, provide building management with clear steps forward.” – Marcel Schoch, CTO, qlair
Although poor indoor air quality contributes to the death of millions worldwide each year, amid COVID-19, the topic of clean air has reached new heights. Latest research shows that aerosol and droplet infections are suspected to cause more than 70 percent of all COVID-19 infections. At qlair, the development team has extracted findings and administered thresholds for our indoor air in one simple index score. The thresholds of the score are based on official recommendations from ASHRAE and the CDC and are backed by scientific evidence from COVID-19 outbreaks.
Qlair’s indoor air quality solutions historically aim to deliver clean air at the lowest operational cost and energy expenditure, but during COVID-19 the goal is clear: create the safest and cleanest indoor space possible to protect occupants.
“Employers will feel the effect of COVID-19 long after it is gone as new guidelines for building health and safety are put into place. Facilities executives and managers are tasked with developing a plan that ensures health and safety guidelines are met with diligence after reopening. Our goal at qlair is to make the process of achieving these standards as efficient as possible for the building owners and managers, without significantly increasing costs.” Ellie Amrinasr, PhD, CEO, qlair
Despite the rather fitting circumstance, the potential of this technology does not stop here. qlair plans to implement new thresholds in the future that track precursors for most major diseases. Until then, the team plans to continue helping buildings plan for a safe reopening that can be maintained for years to come. Business owners, school campuses, healthcare facilities and more can benefit from taking control of their indoor air quality. Visit I-qlair.com to learn more about pricing and features.
qlair was founded in 2018 to deliver and maintain the world’s most valuable asset – clean air. The team, composed of indoor air quality experts, utilizes leading-edge monitoring solutions, data-driven analytics, and best-in-class services to help buildings achieve optimum health, safety and efficiency.
Disclaimer: Our team does not claim to be medical professionals, but simply experts in building operations and management as it applies to creating a safe indoor environment for all. Our updates are based on the latest research available to the public, and we are constantly looking to improve the relevancy the content we share.