COVID-19

We are committed to being great stewards of our community’s health and well-being, and we’re taking purposeful measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other contagious illnesses. In For Our Health learn more about CrossFunction’s safe office solutions for a new era.

For Our Health

We are committed to being great stewards of our community’s health and well-being, and we’re taking purposeful measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other contagious illnesses.

Working from Home. We’ve proven we can do it, now as much as we’re all ready to head to the office, let’s be wise and considerate of others. If you can answer “YES” to any of the following statements and you feel like working, work from home, please do not enter CrossFunction, regardless of your membership status:

  • I currently have either fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or have within the past week.
  • I have been around others who are sick with colds, flu, or any illness that has caused fever.
  • I have (or anyone I’ve been in contact with has) tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet been cleared for reintegration by the CDC.

 

To ensure the safety of members, teammates, and guests, we ask everyone present at CrossFunction to practice CDC-recommended social distancing by maintaining at least a 6’ (six foot) buffer between each person.

Who’s not ready to get back to some of our favorite things, like eating at restaurants, going to the gym, getting a haircut! As we transition back, don’t try to make up for lost time. Overexertion and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system (1). Additionally, prolonged, and intensive training has been associated with increased risk of upper respiratory tract infections due to exercise-induced changes in immune function, while regular moderate exercise, has the opposite effect and can reduce infection risk (2).

The ability to integrate exercise into a daily routine is one of the reasons to love our walkable neighborhood. You probably saw our map for a 30-minute walk, consider giving it a try, at a brisk pace it’ll be a half hour well spent and you’ll get to see some of Oak Park’s best sites. Or you can chart your own path and let us know what you

CrossFunction is open 24/7 so you can work at a time that works for you. So, whether you’re an early bird or night owl, and want to sync your schedule with your family or the sun, you can do that here. Sleep and a healthy circadian rhythm support immune function (3). In extreme situations, lack of sleep can even cause changes to the immune system that increase the risk for acquiring viral infections (4), so be sure to get lots of rest and feel good about it.

Tree-lined parkways make Oak Park an urban forest, and we’re bringing some of that forest a little deeper into the Arcade. You’ll notice greenery all around, including purposeful plants in meeting and gallery rooms. In addition to contributing beauty, these specific plants purify the air and reduce the concentration of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide (5). These plants can also reduce volatile organic compounds in the air, which is a major class of indoor pollutants and work equally well with or without air-conditioning, and in light or dark, (6) but we’re not turning off the lights or A/C any time soon. In addition, contact with nature has been linked to physiological relaxation, stress recovery, immune function improvement (7) and cognitive performance (8).

Speaking of purified air, CrossFunction features TruSens portable air filters, which you can use to scrub the air in a meeting room before or after an event. You can also access a purifier for your private office. TruSens air purification helps eliminate airborne viruses by capturing 99.97% of particulates. At a larger scale, CrossFunction performs regularly scheduled maintenance including quarterly air filter replacement using the best quality filters for our HVAC equipment.

(We’re not just talking about the chalk board in your office.) CrossFunction provides wipes in meeting rooms and other common spaces, which provide a couple benefits. The first is obvious, we can quickly and easily clean surfaces. The second is seeing these objects in our environment reminds us of the importance of good hygiene. This will likely inspire more hygienic behaviors, like washing our hands before eating, and especially after opening doors or shaking hands with others (9).

Our bathroom faucets are touchless. Gone are the days of having to handle a handle after handling your hand hygiene. To further benefit your hand hygiene and health, we even have new hand soap that is EWG Verified (10).

And just so you know, the FDA studied hand soap and concluded products labeled “antibacterial” don’t have any benefits over plain soap at preventing illness (11). Some antibacterial soap ingredients may even have a negative effect on your health. Washing with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to clean your hands.

For Our Health. An excerpt with permission from Cognitive Design, in partnership with Constellations and Gene Kansas/Commercial Real Estate

References

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  2. Jones, A. W., & Davison, G. (2019). Exercise, Immunity, and Illness. Muscle and Exercise Physiology (pp. 317-344). Academic Press.
  3. Lange, T., Dimitrov, S., & Born, J. (2010). Effects of sleep and circadian rhythm on the human immune system. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1193(1), 48-59.
  4. de Almeida, C. M. O., & Malheiro, A. (2016). Sleep, immunity and shift workers: a review. Sleep science, 9(3), 164-168.
  5. Cetin, M., & Sevik, H. (2016). Measuring the Impact of Selected Plants on Indoor CO 2 Concentrations. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 25(3).
  6. Tarran, J., Torpy, F., & Burchett, M. (2007, October). Use of living pot-plants to cleanse indoor air–research review. In Proceedings Of 6th International Conference On Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation, -Sustainable Built Environment (pp. 249-256).
  7. Jo, H., Song, C., & Miyazaki, Y. (2019). Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: A Systematic Review of Indoor Experiments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(23), 4739.
  8. Deng, L., & Deng, Q. (2018). The basic roles of indoor plants in human health and comfort. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25(36), 36087-36101.
  9. Ford, E. W., Boyer, B. T., Menachemi, N., & Huerta, T. R. (2014). Increasing hand washing compliance with a simple visual cue. American journal of public health, 104(10), 1851-1856.
  10. Environmental Working Group. (n.d.). About EWG VERIFIEDTM: A New Standard for Your Health #EWGVERIFIED. Retrieved April 20, 2020, from https://www.ewg.org/ewgverified/aboutthe-mark.php
  11. Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water. (2019, May 16). Retrieved April 20, 2020, from https://www.fda. gov/consumers/consumer-updates/antibacterial-soap-youcan-skip-it-use-plain-soap-and-water

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