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D.C. Building Owners Seek Ways to Clear the Air of Coronavirus, From Humidity to Ionization

May 6, 2020

By Daniel J. Sernovitz

Mechanical engineering expert Ray Doyle doesn’t believe there’s a silver bullet to combat the coronavirus outbreak, but he does have a piece of advice for commercial property owners in Greater Washington.

“Don’t bury your head in the sand and wait for it to go away,” said Doyle, managing principal and life science practice leader in the Rockville office of WB Engineers & Consultants. “You can’t filter the bad people out, so you have to filter the air.”

Wearing face masks and practicing social distancing only goes so far, and as time wears on, people will let their guards down. Without on-the-spot testing, it will be difficult to detect and bar entry to asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 as people start returning to their offices from work-from-home exile. That notion has prompted commercial real estate owners and property managers across Greater Washington to turn to environmental and mechanical engineering firms like WB Engineers to help them assess and amp up the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in their buildings to minimize the spread of the deadly virus.