Indoor air quality (IAQ) has a significant impact on human health. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more employees have worked remotely from home to reduce in-person contacts. This pilot study aims to measure the difference in workplace IAQ before and during the pandemic and its impact on employees’ health. The levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and total volatile organic chemicals (tVOC) were measured in the employees’ offices before the COVID-19 pandemic and at homes while working from home during the pandemic using Foobot air monitors. The frequencies of six Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms were evaluated at each period of monitoring. The result showed PM2.5 levels in households while working from home were significantly higher than in offices while working at the office in all participants (p


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Moreno-Rangel, A., Baek, J., Tasnim Hasan, N., Roh, T., Obeng, A. & Carrillo, G. 2021, 'Indoor air quality and health outcomes in employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic : a pilot study', Atmosphere, 12(12), article no: 1665. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12121665

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