Not all of the fallout from COVID-19 was negative. For example, the pandemic alerted the general public about the central role institutional and commercial facilities – in particular, air filtration and ventilation systems – play in the health and safety of building occupants and visitors.
The Biden-Harris Administration has prioritized improved indoor air quality (IAQ) as an effective tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. The administration has mobilized departments and agencies across the federal government to improve IAQ. Their activities aim to equip and empower state and local leaders, schools, small businesses and building owners to improve IAQ in the places they live, work, eat, learn, exercise and travel.