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  • Writer's pictureJess Co

Don't fly blind: see the highest-risk areas for airborne COVID-19 in the office

Updated: Jan 5, 2021


The Invisible Threat

Since March 2020, we have been practicing measures to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Masks and social distancing are both key in minimizing the spread of droplets, which transmit the virus through respiratory particles settling on surfaces when individuals talk, sneeze, or cough.

However, on October 5th, the CDC reported an adjustment to their stance on Covid-19’s transmission - and acknowledged that it could infect individuals while airborne or aerosolized. The science behind this update opened the floodgates of concerned individuals looking for ways to protect themselves beyond sanitizing surfaces and avoiding face-to-face interaction - especially with the expectation of returning to the office.

Dojo uses data-driven methods to quantify risk

The Return to Office platform contains tools developed to consider the complex dynamics of aerosol transmission within an office. The algorithms used to accurately identify airborne infection risk were created through a partnership with Dr. Jose L. Jimenez and a team of scientists from the University of Colorado. By analyzing how particles spread, you ensure that when you and your team re-enter the workplace, you’re doing so as safely as possible.

Dojo analyzes the physicality of your office, the key drivers of air ventilation, and the safety protocols you’ve already put in place. With this picture in mind, our AI is then able to recommend the most effective solutions and protocols for each part of the workplace.

In order to most effectively keep aerosols at bay, our technology factors in variables such as:

Typical solutions can include:

  • Social distancing and distanced seating

  • Alternating schedules

  • Portable HEPA filters

  • Base building HVAC improvements

  • Masking protocols

  • Shared space protocols and meeting duration caps

Different Spaces, Different Risks

After consulting the Aerosol Diagnostic Heatmap, it is easy to identify that one risk prevention protocol, or solution, may not be applicable to all spaces within the office. In an open office, you may have more freedom to move about when wearing masks after evaluating the threat of aerosol transmission. However, meetings in any workplace environment that happen within enclosed meeting rooms can be risky events -- even with masks on. Dojo’s AI takes the specs (ventilation, MERV rating, room dimensions) of these spaces into consideration, and calculates a custom rating for your layout to help you mitigate risk.

Data Driven Success

Dojo’s Return to Office tools have enabled us to quickly and safely bring back our workforce, while preparing a strategy for the months to come.

— Dino Fusco, Silverstein COO —

Since June 2020, Dojo has helped dozens of companies across the country reopen the office safely and efficiently. Learn how Dojo was able to efficiently optimize an active workspace to allow for 90% team re-entry.

The best solution you can provide, is one that will protect your employees, and give them peace of mind when returning to the office. Make confident decisions based on data, and science for your team. Given the uncertainties around the virus, the office should be a space that is -- and feels -- comfortable to be in; that allows employees to focus on their work and collaborate safely with their colleagues.

Schedule a demo today to learn how Dojo can effectively plan for your team's ongoing safety against Covid-19 aerosol transmission in the workplace.


Co-authored by Bryant Galligan, Jess Co, and Dan Goldstern.

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