Cleaning in the Time of Coronavirus

We hope you are staying as safe as possible during the outbreak of Covid-19. As you hunker down at home for the long haul, here are some tips to improve sanitization and disinfection; from hand washing as self-care and UVC light to clean your phone to disinfectants meeting EPA standards and HEPA vacuuming at home. Stay tuned for more tips on wellness in the time of Coronavirus!

Hand Washing to Feel Good!

  • Self-Care – Hand washing is a great opportunity for regular self-care. Transform a thorough hand washing process into a soothing hand massage that works out any joint stiffness and circulates oxygen-rich blood through your muscles:
    • Step 1: Lather your hands with soap and water.
    • Step 2: Use one hand to massage the other; start with your palm and work up to your wrist.
    • Step 3: Slowly massage each finger with your opposite hand, making sure to include the base and top of the finger.
    • Step 4: Next, focus on massaging the back of your hand and wrist.
    • Step 5: Add more soap to your lather and repeat the process on your other hand.
    • Steph 6: Rinse your hands thoroughly with warm water!
  • Turn up the heat – Warm water makes those 20 seconds of hand washing a more pleasant and comforting experience!
  • Indulge in Moisturizer –  Frequent hand washing can dehydrate your skin, so keep your favorite moisturizer handy. Try infusing your moisturizer with essential oils or other scents that make you feel happy.
  • Music that Inspires –  While the CDC recommends humming ‘Happy Birthday’ to ensure an adequate hand washing time, you can always set a 20 second timer through your smart home assistant and choose music that uplifts you.
  • Sink-Side Scenery –  Bring in some beauty to liven up your bathroom or kitchen sink area – from art, photography or imagery that inspires to aromatherapy and fresh plantlife.
  • You’re not Alone –  Remember that proper hand washing is not just for your own benefit, but also helps protect your housemates, family members, and anyone else you might come into contact with.
  • Towel Care –  Try and allocate separate hand towels for each family member. People with Covid-19 can be asymptomatic for a while, and some may only develop mild symptoms. Since the virus can travel through droplets from infected persons and onto towels, the towels should be washed frequently to minimize risk of transmission.
  • No Soap – Use a hand sanitizer with 60-70% alcohol content to supplement hand washing, especially if you are traveling,  to ensure that your hands remain clean.

Clean. Your. Phone.

As you probably already know, your smartphone is generally teeming with bacteria. If you don’t clean your phone, you’ll pick up most of the germs you just spent 20 seconds washing off your hands! Be sure to clean both your phone and its cover with disinfectant wipes that meet EPA standards to help combat the novel coronavirus and other viruses and bacteria.

Another great tool for phone cleaning is UVC light, which can kill or inactivate microorganisms present on non-porous surfaces. Based on existing research about the physical and chemical properties of other coronaviruses, the novel coronavirus is believed to be sensitive to ultraviolet light and heat. Therefore, using UVC light on high-touch objects and surfaces could be an important strategy to help prevent the spread of infection.

Remember to wipe your phone clean with a microfiber cloth before using the UVC light and also, remember that UVC wands are not effective on porous surfaces such as bedding, rugs, sofas and other upholstered furniture. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions – both for safety and because factors like light intensity, duration of sanitization, angle, distance and characteristics of the surface being treated will affect disinfection quality.

Clean High Touch Surfaces

The objects and surfaces you touch most can accumulate tons of germs throughout the day. Think of your laptop keyboard, earbuds and headphones, glasses, light switches and remote controls. It can be difficult to clean some of these with sanitizing liquids or wipes, so a UVC cleaning device can come in handy here as well.

  • The EPA has provided a specific list of antimicrobial products for use against Covid-19. Manufacturer instructions should be followed for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • When seeking out products identified by the EPA, remember to match the registration label found in EPA’s List N with that found on the consumer product label.
  • Here are some hard-surface disinfectants that meet the EPA’s criteria for use against Covid-19: Clorox Healthcare Germicidal;  Clorox Hydrogen Peroxide Line of Disinfectants, which offer soft surface sanitization and are perfect for upholstery and other textiles; and the Microban 24 Hour product line for antiviral efficacy as well as residual, 24-hour sanitizer efficacy against bacteria. Note: Microban products may require a longer dwell-time to deactivate certain viruses and bacteria as compared to some hydrogen peroxide and bleach products.

Antimicrobial Laundry

Experts recommend that dirty laundry be handled with disposable gloves to avoid direct contact with viruses and bacteria. In addition, the EPA’s list of disinfectants for use against Covid-19 includes laundry detergents containing antimicrobial agents, the most readily available of which is sodium hypochlorite (bleach)

Bleach is proven effective against numerous strains of bacteria and virus when used in accordance with manufacturer and EPA label instructions. Make sure to check the EPA label instructions and ensure that the percentage of sodium hypochlorite meets or exceeds 5.25% in the selected product. Clorox Germicidal Bleach is a recommended leading brand for sanitization and disinfection.

HEPA Filter Vacuum

Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters are recommended for home cleaning, as they effectively trap contaminated particles that may be loaded with viruses. Vacuum cleaners with lower-rated filters only capture a portion of these particles, while the rest can get recirculated in the air. HEPA filters are tested for their high removal efficiency of particles larger than 0.3 microns, so that once virus-laden particles are collected by the vacuum, you don’t have to worry about them being recirculated back into your home environment.

When selecting your HEPA-filtration vacuum, look for labels specifying “HEPA” or “True HEPA” instead of “HEPA-type,” “HEPA-like,” “HEPA-style” or “99% HEPA”. The latter filters do not satisfy the HEPA standard and may not have been tested by independent laboratories. Most of these filters can only efficiently capture particles that are 2 microns or larger. A list of HEPA vacuums can be found in Consumer Reports.

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Places Matter: Global health and Covid-19

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is committed to galvanizing community efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is a critical time to work together to accelerate conversations, education and solutions that focus on how the places where we spend our lives can enhance and improve health – not only in unsettling times like these, but on every day of the year. That’s why we are taking action to focus on the leading role buildings, communities and organizations can play to support our health and well-being overall, and our collective ability to prepare for and respond to global health challenges like the one we’re experiencing now. Today, more than ever, place matters to the future of protecting our families, our businesses and the public at large.”

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Your Building Can Make You Sick or Keep You Well

In this New York Times article, Dr. Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, writes about how proper ventilation, filtration and humidity can reduce the spread of pathogens like the new coronavirus.

“Limiting the impact of this epidemic will require an all-in approach. With significant uncertainty remaining, we should be throwing everything we have at this highly infectious disease. That means unleashing the secret weapon in our arsenal — our buildings.”

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Join the IWBI Task Force

The IWBI Task Force on Covid-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery is seeking experts-in-the-field who are passionate about protecting global health through building design and operations, as well as organizational policies and practices.

If you are an authority on air quality, hygiene or another relevant topic, your perspective could help countless others in their efforts to extend evidence-based best practices to their companies and communities.

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InstallerNet and Delos Partner to Deploy Home Wellness Technology Nationwide

New York, NY (January 21, 2020) – Global wellness real estate and technology company, Delos, is working with InstallerNet, a leading nationwide provider of installation services for consumer technology, to service homeowners integrating Delos’ DARWIN™ Home Wellness Intelligence network.

The DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence network is a groundbreaking offering that seeks to turn your home into a catalyst for enhanced health, well-being and performance. DARWIN™ is designed to enhance human health and well-being by monitoring, calibrating and responding to changing indoor environmental conditions.  DARWIN is available in mass market through volume production builders and home technology integrators for the luxury market.

The engagement of InstallerNet enables Delos to rapidly expand distribution and provide installation and support at scale. InstallerNet will service the mass market for Delos and provide certified technicians to deliver and install DARWIN™, providing a personalized orientation, ensuring the DARWIN™ elements are connected, registered and activated through the home’s wireless network.

“Wellness technology is an emerging growth category and Delos is well-positioned to become the leader,” stated Tony Frangiosa, InstallerNet’s President and CEO. “Our vertically integrated platform technology will be used to simplify the process for home builders and their customers.”

InstallerNet’s deep technical knowledge and industry experience will also support a seamless national expansion as Delos endeavors to make DARWIN increasingly accessible across the U.S.

“The relationship with InstallerNet will help us scale and enable growth, bringing health and well-being to more people in more places,” said Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla. “As we expand delivery of DARWIN from new homes and renovations to existing homes, we are confident in InstallerNet’s experience managing installations at scale and their ability to provide enhanced service to our customers.” 

For more information, visit: https://delos.installernet.com

 

About InstallerNet

InstallerNet is an installation solutions provider for the consumer electronics industry delivering content, technology, services, and logistics to CE retailers, manufacturers and installers. The company specializes in merchandising and coordinating consumer electronics installation services through the nation’s largest network of independently owned home and mobile electronics installers. It has developed a unique approach to better merchandise services through its branded InstallCard, that allows retailers to sell professional services like a gift card. With proprietary web and call-center technologies InstallerNet can provide the complete package to meet and exceed customer expectations. Visit us at www.InstallerNet.com

  

About Delos

Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play.  Informed by more than seven years of research and rigorous analysis of environmental health impacts on people, Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for residential and commercial spaces. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard™, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. Its subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, administers and continues WELL’s development and drives market adoption. Delos’ advisory board is comprised of leading professionals across real estate, government policy, medicine and sustainability, including renowned wellness luminary Deepak Chopra and sustainability advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. For more information about Delos, please visit www.delos.com.

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Delos offers new opportunities for integrators to advance health and well-being through its pioneering DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence network

Advancing health and well-being through integration of innovative wellness solutions

Denver, CO [September 12, 2019] — Delos, a wellness real estate and technology company, is expanding its network of integrators for DARWIN Premier, the home wellness intelligence network designed exclusively for luxury homes. As part of the company’s collaboration with the HTSA Network, the leading Trade Consortium and national association of specialty retailers and custom integrators, Delos has begun training sessions with member organizations and approving them as dealers for DARWIN Premier. The training program is designed to prepare integrators to deliver a solution that addresses the complexities and issues that indoor environments can have on human health.

DARWIN Premier is Delos’ most exclusive offering, tailored to discerning clientele. DARWIN Premier integrates best-in-class solutions in dynamic lighting, water filtration, air purification, ambient thermal and acoustic calibration, and advanced ergonomic design.  The wellness ecosystem combines products, features, technologies, and services to create and maintain indoor environmental conditions that are designed to enhance your health, well-being, and performance.

“Recent research shows that 75% of people consider housing to play an essential or extremely important role in their health and well-being,” said Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla. “Through DARWIN Premier, integrators now have a unique opportunity to position themselves at the cutting-edge of the wellness technology trend.”

Delos debuted DARWIN Home Wellness Intelligence—the wellness intelligence network that forms the foundation for the DARWIN Premier luxury residential solution—in the U.S. at CES in 2019. The training program has scaled quickly, and dealers have already begun contracting projects that will integrate DARWIN Premier across the country.

“HTSA is thrilled to be partnered with Delos on their DARWIN Premier program. For the first time ever, our dealers are able to bring new technologies into the home that are focused on health and wellness,” said Tom Doherty, HTSA.

Approved dealers now include:

  • Audio Command
  • Audio Video Systems
  • AUDIOVISIONS
  • Automated Environments
  • AVDG
  • Barrett’s Technology Solutions
  • Cyber Technology Group
  • Echo Systems
  • Futurehome Systems & Design Inc
  • Harrison Home Systems
  • HEDSouth/HEDSocal
  • Innerspace Electronics, Inc.
  • Maverick
  • Millson Technologies Inc.
  • Wicked Smart Homes
  • Xssentials

“One of the most common questions we get from customers is, ‘what’s cool and new in technology?,’ says Jan Vitrofsky, HED South. “With DARWIN, we can respond, ‘How about solutions that help you improve your and your family’s well-being? How about having it done passively without you needing to do anything? How would you like having your homes respond with cleaner air and water, and have the lights help you maintain hormonal balance during the day and at night before you go to bed?’”

“Xssentials is excited to join the Delos revolution in Wellness Living,” said David Daniels, Founder, Xssentials. “The Delos team is professional, responsive and supportive as we will build awareness and demonstrate the value of wellness living.  We are bullish on this new opportunity to lead the industry with Delos in this exciting new solution for our existing and new customers.”

DARWIN Premier was awarded the CE Pro Best Product Award 2019, in the category of Control and Automation > Wellness.

About Delos

Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play.  Informed by more than seven years of research and rigorous analysis of environmental health impacts on people, Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for residential and commercial spaces. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard™, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. Its subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, administers and continues WELL’s development and drives market adoption. Delos’ advisory board is comprised of leading professionals across real estate, government policy, medicine and sustainability, including renowned wellness luminary Deepak Chopra and sustainability advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. For more information about Delos, please visit www.delos.com.

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Humanity 2.0 Lab publishes innovative white paper on improving maternal health worldwide

Humanity 2.0 Lab, an alliance of health, academic, business and faith leaders, will develop gold standard for healthy maternal environments

New York, New York (September 12, 2019): Humanity 2.0 Lab – the pioneering maternal health platform – published its first white paper on the state of maternal health worldwide. The paper identifies toxic environments as critical factors in hindering maternal health, including hundreds of women who die each day in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as impeding optimal health and development of the next generation. Moving from research to action, the white paper describes the Lab’s processes for mitigating these environments and contributing towards protecting the lives and health of women and children.

“Maternal health is one of the most important R&D projects in the history of humanity,” says Morad Fareed, CEO of the Humanity 2.0 Lab and Co-Founder of Delos. “Yet, around the world today, women are still dying during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, and two-thirds of these deaths are preventable. Doesn’t this bother you? Our Lab is a collaborative response to provide women – before, during, and after pregnancy – with leading science-based tools to help save lives and help build healthier humans.”

The white paper is produced in collaboration with experts from five organizations – Delos, Square Roots, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Commonsense Childbirth, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The insights at the core of the team’s work identify some of the most common elements of toxic environments – including air pollution, stress, under-employment, and lack of support and services – with exposure likelihood influenced by the mother’s social context (e.g., racism, classism, and gender discrimination). Toxic environments not only affect the mother, but also influence the child’s birth outcomes and future health. The team’s approach has focused on expanding the window from the narrow episode of pregnancy to the entirety of a woman’s and infant’s lifetime, thereby highlighting the lifelong and intergenerational health consequences of materno-toxicity.

“We know that our indoor environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellness,” said Paul Scialla, CEO and Founder of Delos. “With the launch of the Humanity 2.0 Lab, we are taking another step towards transforming the way we think about building design, products, materials and technologies, and to making better-informed decisions for both maternal health and the well-being of people everywhere.”

Developed in collaboration with Delos, a wellness real estate and technology company, the Humanity 2.0 Lab will leverage the enormous body of science within the healthy environments movement and apply it towards the critical periods of human development – pregnancy and infancy. This includes over seven years of Delos’ research with leading experts and institutions on how the places where we live, work, sleep and play can promote health, wellness, stress resilience, performance, restfulness and joy.

“Clinical and public health research and practice are currently very specialized, so Humanity 2.0 Lab’s holistic approach is important,” explains Dr. Ana Langer, who leads the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We want to break silos and look at women’s health throughout the life course and across generations, because people’s health at every stage of their life will influence how healthy they are now and in the future.”

“The wearing down of a woman’s sense of self, her humanity, is so dangerous – in fact during pregnancy and birth it’s lethal,” explains Jennie Joseph, founder of Commonsense Childbirth Inc. and a co-author of the white paper. “Respectful, culturally-safe care supports and maintains dignity and prevents these poor outcomes. The Lab is going to be integral to the work, and hopefully, will reach women in especially marginalized areas and materno-toxic zones.”

The white paper will act as a blueprint for a revolutionary pilot on the island of Malta that will inform a new, cross-sector Lab platform that will be founded at a leading US center of academic excellence this fall.

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Former President of Malta, offered to run pilot projects, after attending the second annual Humanity 2.0 forum of faith leaders, scientists, philanthropists and technology experts, held in Vatican City in May 2019.

“The Foundation and the Lab are both constructive and innovative,” she explained. “The idea is not simply to engage in a dialogue, but also produce outcomes. We hope that Malta can help develop, test and export that tool kit, offering practical support and assistance to other organizations and countries.”

Whilst most maternal deaths concentrate in poorer countries – nearly half in Sub-Saharan Africa and one-third in South Asia – suboptimal maternal outcomes exist worldwide. Furthermore, the United States has significantly higher rates of maternal mortality than most countries similar to it socio-demographically. This burden is not distributed equitably: 42.8 pregnancy deaths per 100,000 live births occur among black American mothers, compared to just 13 among their white counterparts; similarly, rates of severe maternal morbidity among black American mothers are 112–115% higher than among white mothers.

The Lab’s facility and platform will compile evidence and develop a comprehensive method for assessing what the team has identified as toxic social, physical, clinical and environmental factors and then develop customized toolkits to be scaled and delivered through global platforms, including the Catholic Church, which manages approximately 26% of the world’s healthcare facilities and includes 700,000 religious sisters across the world.

To download the white paper, click here.

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About Humanity 2.0

Humanity 2.0 is a vehicle for facilitating collaborative ventures between the historically siloed public, private, and faith-based sectors. Its mission is to identify impediments to human flourishing and then work cross-sector to remove them by sourcing and scaling bold and innovative solutions through its platform. Developed in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Holy See (Vatican) and a consortium of science, health, and social leaders, Humanity 2.0 works with all people of good will to build institutional solutions that support human development, beginning with pregnancy and infancy. https://humanity2-0.org/

About Delos

Delos is a wellness real estate and technology company guided by the mission to be the world’s leading catalyst for improving the health and well-being of people around the world by improving the indoor environments where they live, work, sleep and play. Informed by more than seven years of research and rigorous analysis of environmental health impacts on people, Delos and its subsidiaries offer an array of evidence-based technology and solutions for residential and commercial spaces. Delos is the founder of the WELL Building Standard™, the premier standard for buildings, interior spaces and communities seeking to implement, validate and measure features that support and advance human health and wellness. Its subsidiary, the International WELL Building Institute, administers and continues WELL’s development and drives market adoption. Delos’ advisory board is comprised of leading professionals across real estate, government policy, medicine and sustainability, including renowned wellness luminary Deepak Chopra and sustainability advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. For more information about Delos, please visit www.delos.com.

About Square Roots

Square Roots™ is a mission-driven organization focused on improving maternal health by developing innovative approaches to systemic challenges. Square Roots has worked with its ecosystem partners to identify best practices across the continuum of maternal health needs, and pioneered distribution channels to ensure these tools and programs would reach vulnerable and overlooked populations. Having passed the first maternal health resolution in 83 years at the United States Conference of Mayors in 2015, Square Roots set up a nationwide program called Birthmark Cities™, which engaged mayors to open free prenatal centers throughout the US. Square Roots’ research has included initiatives at NASA’s Health and Human Performance Lab as well as Ariadne Lab at the Harvard School of Public Health. http://www.squareroots.com/

 About Harvard

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere.

As a community of leading scientists, educators, and students from around the world, we work together to take innovative ideas from the laboratory to people’s lives—not only making scientific breakthroughs, but also working to change individual behaviors, public policies, and health care practices to create a healthier world.

About Commonsense Childbirth

Commonsense Childbirth (www.commonsensechildbirth.org) is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that houses The Birth Place birth center, the Easy Access Women’s Health Clinic and the National Perinatal Task Force (www.perinataltaskforce.com). Commonsense Childbirth’s vision is that ALL women have a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby and as such no pregnant woman that needs care is ever turned away. The organization focuses on eliminating racial disparities in maternal and infant health and has significantly reduced the incidence of low birth weight and prematurity amongst at-risk women in Central Florida throughout the last twenty years.

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