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    Democratizing Access to Hospital-Grade Disinfection

    A version of this post originally appeared on Outcomes Rocket’s blog, following an interview with R-Zero’s President and Co-founder, Eli Harris. We are sharing it here with permission from Outcomes Rocket. Pre-pandemic, clean spaces were important. Today, a clean space is not enough. Thanks to the increased attention to public health and safety due to […]

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    The Human Cost of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

    In the mid 1800s, the British obstetrician Sir James Young Simpson argued that infections after surgical procedures were closely related to deficiencies in hospital design, ventilation, and management. Simpson had previously observed the negative effects of overcrowding in hospitals and studied the correlation between poor hospital conditions and mortality rates. He used the term hospitalism […]

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    The History of Disease Mitigation and Disinfection

    If you ever labored through Homer’s The Odyssey in a high school literature class, you may recall the disturbing homecoming of the eponymous hero, Odysseus. What you may not remember is that the final scenes of Homer’s epic poem include one of the older records of disinfection practices in the western literary canon. Here’s what […]

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    Something in the (Indoor) Air: The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

    The largest school system in the U.S., the New York City public schools, reopened on Monday, September 13th. To support this reopening, the schools implemented a large number of mitigation measures. On a dedicated webpage titled “Health and Safety in Our Schools,” the district shared 12 different mitigation measures, with ventilation at number seven on […]

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    COVID-19 Updates: The Latest News on Variants, Vaccines, Mask Mandates, and Mitigation

    With many schools across the U.S. already back in session, the Harris Poll fielded August 20th to 22nd surveyed parents about how they are feeling as their students return to classrooms and campuses. 60% of parents said knowing that some students are returning to school unvaccinated and potentially without masks makes them uncomfortable. 74% of […]

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    The New Standard for Healthy Classrooms: Fewer Sick Days, Better Performance

    On Thursday, August 26th, R-Zero partnered with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), also known as The School Superintendents Association, to host a panel discussion on best practices in working toward, “The New Standard for Healthy Classrooms: Fewer Sick Days, Better Performance.” The session brought together public health experts and school leaders to explore […]

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    COVID and the Societal Ills of Viral Spread

    According to urban legend, U.S. Surgeon General William Stewart made a bold proclamation in the later 1960s: “It is time to close the book on infectious diseases, and declare the war against pestilence won.” While subsequent research has unearthed no evidence that Stewart actually uttered these words, the statement reflects a pervasive naivety in the […]

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    Sports and Fitness in the COVID Era: Lessons from the Tokyo Games

    In March 2020, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the announcement marked the first time the Games had been postponed since their debut in 1896. The Games’ schedule had only been altered three other times – during World War I and World War II. At the time, […]

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    The Ever-Changing COVID Landscape and the Continuing Need for Risk Mitigation

    This afternoon, President Biden is expected to announce a new requirement for federal workers to either be vaccinated or submit to strict testing protocols. CNN has called this anticipated announcement and the recent CDC reversal on mask recommendations “emergency actions designed to contain a new surge of Covid-19 that has quickly become the top issue […]

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    Lambda, Gamma, Delta: What to Know About the COVID Variants Making Headlines

    Current headlines featuring words like “delta,” “gamma,” and “lambda” might conjure images of sororities and fraternities, but they are instead reports on the COVID variants that have been appearing worldwide. Viral variants are a natural part of viral evolution, and the proliferation of variants alone should not be cause for alarm. Dr. Inci Yildirim, MD, […]

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    R-Zero Acquires CoWorkr to Advance the Future of Indoor Health and Productivity

    By Grant Morgan, CEO and Co-Founder In the introduction to their influential 2020 book Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, Joseph G. Allen and John D. Macomber describe the multidisciplinary pursuit of healthier indoor spaces as “the greatest untapped business and health opportunity of our time.” Today, R-Zero is significantly advancing the […]

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    The Roadmap to a “Healthier Normal” through UV-C Innovation

    This year’s July 4th holiday weekend marked an inflection point for America’s ongoing emergence from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Multiple national news outlets noted how the anniversary of the country’s independence has coincided with significant indicators of resuming pre-pandemic behavior. Commenting on July 4th celebrations in the nation’s capital, The Washington Post described the weekend’s festivities […]

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    The Case for Surface Disinfection and Hand Hygiene

    On March 23, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance regarding building ventilation. While highlighting the importance of ventilation and air quality in the fight against COVID-19, the CDC acknowledged that there are “multiple mitigation strategies…to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure.” In addition to […]

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    A New Paradigm for Safer Schools

    A Conversation with CDC and Education Leaders Regarding Infection Control Strategies for the Post-Covid Era Recently, R-Zero hosted a panel discussion with former CDC official Dr. Paula Fujiwara, and school leaders from across the country – to discuss the challenges and successes in safely returning to in-person learning.  Now, school districts across the country consider […]

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    A New Standard for Health + Safety in Senior Care

    While for much of the world, our enhanced focus on preventing the spread of illness indoors is a relatively new one, infection control has always been critical to senior care operations. Long before the pandemic, pathogenic threats like norovirus, VRE and MRSA have been ongoing challenges that required vigilant disinfection protocols across senior care facilities.  […]

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    R-Zero Survey Finds Major Shift in Employee Mindset: 79% Value Health Over Productivity

    And 91% Say Employers are Responsible for Health Experience brings both renewed priorities and new expectations. While it’s clear there will be new priorities and expectations from the employee-employer relationship, there has been much uncertainty from organizations as to what those are.  In April, R-Zero partnered with The Harris Poll to survey office workers across […]

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    New Technologies for Returning to the Workplace

    by Scott Rhymes, The ABD Team When a social norm as common as a handshake may go the way of the Dodo bird, new expectations are bubbling to the surface that will influence how we reduce the spread of communicable diseases into the future. The pandemic has taught society, employers, and employees a lot about […]

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    From our CEO: 2020 in Review

    We need a new standard for infection prevention – one that prioritizes human health and ensures the safety of the spaces where we spend our time, and one where organizations of all shapes and sizes have access to the best technologies and protocols available today.