Short or Tall - Design For All
Updated: Aug 9, 2020
Earlier this week a study was released suggesting that being tall more than doubles your chance of testing positive for Covid-19.
The Telegraph reported that Researchers in the UK, Norway and the US used data from 2,000 people and discovered that men above 6ft (183cm) were twice as likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 - The study also found that women over 6ft (183cm) tall had higher odds, however there were not enough tested for this to be conclusive.
“The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible,” - Professor Evan Kontopantelis, of the University of Manchester.
According to the global team of researchers, including experts from the University of Manchester, these results show that this additional element of risk is due to the contagion being airborne, in addition to the risk of droplets that disperse and transmit from person to person.
As such characteristics aren't readily changeable, protection concerns across office design are being reiterated and it is clear that businesses should concentrating on the following areas are an initial priority.
We have all been there, working within an environment, with staff battling for the air con… Now is a time that we're sure employees are able to cooperate and ensure settings are neutral for all. However, it is in times like these that businesses should consider such investments.
"Air purifiers are highly effective at removing various viruses and airborne pollutants from enclosed spaces and should be considered as part of a broader proactive hygiene strategy." - Aeramaxpro.com
In the last decade office spaces have generally worked towards encompassing an open-plan dynamic, with encouraged collaboration. With recent times and the distance that has been set between us, of course the placement of staff and how best to utilise the space whilst keeping employees safe is of top importance.
"As well as encouraging improved productivity, 'CoVis' offers further protection to the workstation and is also flexible to suit the user's visual range. It has the ability to adapt to each individual no matter the height and also acceptable for a range of desk solutions, including sit-stands." - NU-London
Beyond this, our product is scientifically studied to maximise protection due to it's design...
Whilst also being inline with the guidelines in place by Design For All, who believe, “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design”.
Their 7 Core Principles are as follows:
WASH - Water, Sanitisation, Hygiene - and Waste Management
The WHO released guidelines back in March of this year, most of which still stands and is extremely practical:
Keep hands clean and regularly sanitised.
Ensure surrounding spaces are clean, using the suitable solvents to deter the spread of nasty microorganisms.
Use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) where possible.
Dispose of any potential biohazards appropriately.
Lastly, think of others... No matter what scientific proof becomes available of who may be more at risk, we are all in this together.