COVID-19 Resources

Our Ongoing Response to Industry Demand

Research to Action:

Building Health for All® 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.

  1. Leveraging Buildings to Mitigate Viral Transmission. 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)

  2. Building Trust in the Workplace. 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)

  3. Addressing Mental Health Within Residential Settings. 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 will include greenery, outdoor spaces, high quality indoor air, sleep environments, and health-promotion programming. (Date of Issue: May 18)

  4. Optimizing Density for People. 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)

  5. Chronic Disease, Equity, and COVID-19. This chapter will explore the interconnected relationships between COVID-19, the social determinants of health, and chronic disease. Topics covered will include healthcare access, food access, housing quality, job roles, among others. This resource will also dig 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. (Coming soon)

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.

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.


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

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

The Post Pandemic Office: Perspectives on the New Normal Webinar

Business Reopening Best Practices and Issues

Building Health for All During COVID-19

Urban Land Institute: Confronting COVID-19: Healthy Buildings and Optimizing Mental Health

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.

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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.

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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.

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External Resources

World Health Organization
Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
World Health Organization
Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
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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