What Viruses Are Airborne? A Comprehensive Guide for Businesses

What Viruses Are Airborne? A Comprehensive Guide for Businesses

In today’s world, understanding which viruses are airborne has never been more critical for businesses. Providing a healthy workplace environment is not only an ethical obligation but also a way to maintain productivity and customer trust. This comprehensive guide outlines the types of airborne viruses, preventive measures, and how innovative solutions like AirROS can help keep your workspace safe.

Common Airborne Viruses and Their Characteristics

Influenza (Flu)

Description: Influenza is an ever-evolving virus, with new strains emerging regularly. The symptoms can range from mild to severe and rare cases may lead to complications such as pneumonia.

Prevention: Annual flu vaccines are recommended, along with frequent hand washing. Keeping the environment sanitized is crucial, especially during flu season.

Common Cold (Rhinovirus)

Description: While not severe, the common cold is highly contagious, causing symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat. It’s disruptive and uncomfortable.

Prevention: Regular handwashing, use of tissues, and avoiding touching your face can reduce the risk of catching or spreading the common cold.

Tuberculosis (TB)

Description: TB primarily affects the lungs but can also spread to other parts of the body. While more common in developing countries, TB cases are reported globally.

Prevention: Routine screening for high-risk individuals and adequate ventilation are vital preventive measures.


Description: Highly contagious, measles spreads through respiratory droplets and can lead to complications like pneumonia and encephalitis.

Prevention: Measles vaccines (MMR) are highly effective and should be administered as per healthcare guidelines.


Description: Caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 can range from asymptomatic to severe. The virus has led to global pandemics and has fundamentally changed how businesses operate.

Prevention: Vaccinations, mask-wearing, and social distancing are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Description: Although more common among children, chickenpox can affect adults and lead to severe complications like pneumonia.

Prevention: Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent chickenpox.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Description: This bacterial infection causes severe coughing fits and can be particularly dangerous for infants.

Prevention: The DTP vaccine can provide protection against whooping cough.

How to Eliminate Airborne Viruses: Tips for Businesses

  1. Regular Sanitization: Frequent cleaning and disinfection of communal areas can reduce the risk of virus spread.
  2. Good Ventilation: Ensure adequate airflow in closed spaces, consider installing HEPA filters to capture airborne particles.
  3. PPE Stations: Offering stations with masks, hand sanitizers, and informational flyers can promote a culture of safety.
  4. Remote Work: Enable flexible remote working arrangements where possible to reduce the number of people in the office.
  5. Health Screenings: Implement temperature checks and symptom screenings for employees.
  6. AirROS: Consider installing AirROS air and surface purification systems for continuous 24/7 sanitization.

What Viruses Are Airborne? A Comprehensive Guide for Businesses

The AirROS Advantage

Businesses looking for a comprehensive sanitization strategy should seriously consider AirROS. Unlike traditional cleaning methods or UV lighting solutions, AirROS offers a two-phase process for complete protection:

Phase 1 – Primary Air Cleaning

The High Voltage Controlled Pulse (HVCP) reaction chamber utilizes non-thermal plasma to generate Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). This effectively destroys airborne viruses, molds, and bacteria as they pass through the chamber.

Phase 2 – Secondary Surface & Air Cleaning

The purified air is then diffusing into the workspace, containing longer-lived ROS like dry hydrogen peroxide and low-concentration levels of ozone. These ROS react to form Hydrogen Trioxide, offering continued sanitization of surfaces and air.

Case Study: Implementing AirROS in a Business Setting

The Problem

B-K Lighting, a high-quality lighting provider, faced challenges in maintaining a safe environment for its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. They sought a solution that would sanitize the air and surfaces without using harmful chemicals.

The Solution

SAGE Industrial, the manufacturer of AirROS Purifiers, developed a plan based on the square footage that needed to be protected. Nine units were installed in B-K Lighting’s office headquarters, above the drop-ceiling attached to the existing duct system.

The Result

Air sampling performed before and after the installation showed a significant reduction in indoor bioburden. The indoor average dropped 87.2% to 97cfu/m3, well within the range considered clean and acceptable.

The Conclusion

The B-K Lighting team now works in a sanitized environment, with air quality monitored and confirmed to be at an all-time best. The staff feels relieved, and the company was able to reinstate their BKU events, knowing that they and their visitors are safe.

Understanding airborne viruses and how to combat them effectively is vital for any business, not only to protect the health of employees but also to maintain operational efficiency. Solutions like AirROS offer an innovative, holistic approach to handling this challenge. With its two-phase process for air and surface sanitization, AirROS provides round-the-clock protection against airborne pathogens, giving businesses an invaluable asset in the fight against infectious diseases.

Is your business prepared for airborne viruses? Don’t compromise on health and safety. Choose AirROS for continuous air and surface sanitization and provide the ultimate protection your business deserves.