ISSUES CAUSED BY LOW OR FLUCTUATING RELATIVE HUMIDITY

Issues caused by uncontrolled humidity levels

Spread of viruses 

  • Healthy levels of humidification can help to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and seasonal influenza in the built environment. 
  • The World Health Organization has called for non-pharmaceutical approaches to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19,1 and the addition of humidity is a safe, efficient, and easy way to protect staff, visitors, and the surrounding community.
  • Airborne viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, MERS, and Influenza A are expelled as aerosols through breathing, speaking, coughing, and sneezing. Researchers have captured pathogen-bearing aerosols traveling up to 25 feet from a simple sneeze.

Illness and Discomfort: 

  • Dry indoor air has a negative impact on the overall health of staff and those visiting the facility because it allows infections to spread quickly.
  • There are real costs associated with health-related issues caused by dry air, including higher absentee rates of staff.  

RESOURCES

Buyer's Guide: Humidification for Government Buildings Learn more how to create a healthy indoor environment with the use of relative humidity to protect your staff, visitors, and the surrounding community.

LEARN MORE

Contact your local DriSteem representative (listed below) for more information.

SOURCES

1. “Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza,” WHO, 2019