COVID-19 Resources

Our Ongoing Response to Industry Demand

Fitwel's Viral Response Module

The Fitwel Viral Response module provides annual, third-party certification of policies and practices informed by the latest public health research on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases. The module is informed by notable industry leaders, academic advisors, and our Research to Action resource series that was developed in response to the current pandemic. Click here to download our fact sheet, and sign up today to join us in undertaking this crucial, collective response to building health for all in the face of COVID-19.

Research to Action: Building Health for All® in the Face of COVID-19

In the face of COVID-19, real estate professionals, designers, and other decision makers are urgently requesting guidance on how to adapt their projects and portfolios to respond to the unique challenges presented by the pandemic. The Center for Active Design is preparing content to respond to this demand, using the best available evidence to date.

Chapters will be released on a rolling basis. As the scientific evidence base around COVID-19 continues to evolve, we will update this material periodically to reflect emerging findings. Your feedback is appreciated—please reach out to with comments, questions, and insights for future updates.

Each chapter is designed to contribute to an ever-evolving conversation, and we will stay abreast of new science as the research base expands. We are all in this together, and we look forward to continued collaboration to discover the best ways to meet the challenge of COVID-19.

  • This chapter provides an overview of the basics of viral transmission, as well as strategies to mitigate transmission—including limiting physical interactions, handwashing, regular cleaning, ventilation, filtration, and humidity. (Date of Issue: May 6)

  • This chapter provides guidance for cultivating employee and tenant trust, and enhancing perceptions of safety once office buildings are ready to re-open. We will cover topics, including but not limited to, emergency preparedness, communication, surveying, and signage. (Date of Issue: May 9)

  • This resource focuses on the importance of considering mental health during crises, and how residential environments can be optimized to promote feelings of well-being. Strategies covered includes greenery, outdoor spaces, high quality indoor air, sleep environments, and health-promotion programming. (Date of Issue: May 16)

  • This chapter focuses on the unique benefits of density, and how dense communities can enhance resilience and protect public health, concentrating on decreasing energy use, increasing walkability and bikeability, optimizing outdoor spaces, increasing access to nature, and enhancing communication. (Date of Issue: June 1)

  • This resource explores the interconnected relationships between COVID-19, the social determinants of health, and chronic disease. Topics covered include healthcare access, food access, housing quality, job roles, among others. This resource also digs into specific strategies that can help address many of the inequities associated with negative COVID-19 outcomes, such as pollution, food environments, access to outdoor space, and community resiliency. (Date of Issue: June 16)

The global spread of COVID-19 has heightened awareness of the pressing importance of Fitwel’s mission of building health for all®. With people around the world spending an increasing amount of time indoors and in their local neighborhoods, the spaces where we live, work, study, and play have shifted dramatically.

As we move through our collective response to COVID-19 and begin to recover, a new normal will emerge to create a more resilient society—and the buildings and public places we inhabit will play a critical role in this shift. We will continue updating this page with webinars, fact sheets, and other resources for you, our users and the Fitwel community.

Download all five Research to Action chapters now


Tutorial Session for the Fitwel Viral Response Module

Hosted by the Center for Active Design, operator of Fitwel

August 25, 2020

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Tutorial Session for the Fitwel Viral Response Module

Hosted by the Center for Active Design, operator of Fitwel

August 18, 2020

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Tutorial Session for the Fitwel Viral Response Module

Hosted by the Center for Active Design, operator of Fitwel

August 11, 2020

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Behind the Research: Unpacking the Science in COVID-19 Recommendations

Hosted by the Center for Active Design, operator of Fitwel

Wellness First: Prioritizing health & wellness initiatives in response to COVID-19

Hosted by Goby

The Post Pandemic Office: Perspectives on the New Normal Webinar

Hosted by Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP

Business Reopening Best Practices and Issues

Hosted by Duane Morris

Building Health for All During COVID-19

Hosted by the Center for Active Design

Confronting COVID-19: Healthy Buildings and Optimizing Mental Health

Hosted by the Urban Land Institute

Recent News & Press

Fact Sheets

5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention

We have identified evidence-based design and operational strategies that specifically fight the transmission of viruses, including the coronavirus.

6 Ways to Stay Engaged While Social Distancing

In light of this new reality, staying engaged with your community might feel daunting. Yet in this challenging time it is truly more important than ever.

7 Ways to Optimize Health While Working From Home

Our work environment and daily routines have a profound impact on our health—influencing everything from our mental well-being to our chronic disease risks.

External Resources

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Manage Anxiety & Stress
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention Workplace Resource
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
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