Thanksgiving has come and gone and the weather in Colorado has shifted. The mornings are cold and it’s less pleasant to socialize outdoors. This means spending more spend time inside, whether it’s for work, exercise, or family. Since we know coronavirus spreads more easily indoors, what can we do about it?

While we aren’t indoor air experts, here are three simple solutions you can do to breathe a little easier inside.

  1. If you have company, keep your gatherings small and wear masks. Keep your social distance of at least 6 feet. Even a gathering of 10 people or less can still potentially spread the virus. If it’s possible, hold any social gatherings outdoors – we do still have those warm days in December in Colorado. Take advantage of the sunshine when we have it.

  2. Open windows. While this feels counterintuitive in winter, circulating fresh air decreases the chance of airborne virus particles hanging around your home. If you have a fan, place it next to the window to help circulate air out.

  3. If you are exercising at home, keep an air filter nearby to help clean out any particles that may have the coronavirus attached. These work better in smaller rooms, but if you have one, give it a try.

Remember that people can still spread coronavirus even if they are not experiencing symptoms. It’s impossible to tell if an asymptomatic person has COVID-19 without a test, so play it safe!

We know it’s been a long year. We feel it, too. The best strategy is still to stay home, whenever possible, and minimize close contact with others. There is light at the end of the tunnel – why not let a little light in today and open a window?