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Sarah Green Carmichael

Keep the Fresh Air Flowing After Covid-19

Time spent outdoors and in better-ventilated buildings has been money in the bank for health and concentration.

Good for you.

Good for you.

Photographer: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

As recovery from the coronavirus pandemic continues, Bloomberg Opinion is running columns looking at crisis-inspired innovations that promise better living over the long run — from more resilient economies, telemedicine and healthier offices to five-star meal kits, better elections and less unnecessary business travel

Humans are essentially an indoor species. A landmark article published 20 years ago found that people spent 87% of their time indoors, and another 6% in the car. There’s little reason to suppose that the rise of flat-screen TVs and smartphones has us spending more time outside.