After years of squeezing ever more workers into tighter office spaces, companies are realizing how efficiently the modern workspace can spread diseases like the coronavirus. Between 2018 and 2019, the average office space per seat in North America declined by 14.3% to 195.6 square feet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the disease tends to spread between people within 6 feet of each other, WSJ noted.
- Worth Noting: Co-working companies often use as little as 65 to 100 square feet per worker.
- Be Smart: Some U.S. companies are already shuttering offices and sending workers home to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among their workers. Others are distributing disinfecting wipes and cutting down on travel and meetings.