Technical Articles & Papers: 

Investigation of potential aerosol transmission and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 through central ventilation systems – Science Direct, Vol 197, 6/15/21

COVID-19 testing to sustain in-person instruction and extracurricular activities in high schools – Utah – CDC, 5/28/21

Utah testing programs among 140 high schools to sustain in-person instruction and extracurricular activities between November 30, 2020 and March 20, 2021. Among 59,552 students who received testing, 1,886 (3.2%) had a positive result. These programs facilitated the completion of approximately 95% of high school extracurricular competition events and saved an estimated 109,752 in-person instruction student-days. School-based COVID-19 testing should be considered part of a comprehensive prevention strategy to identify SARS-CoV-2 infections in schools and sustain in-person instruction and extracurricular activities.

Mask use and ventilation improvements to reduce COVID-19 incidence in elementary schools – Georgia – CDC, 5/28/21

Georgia study among 169 elementary (K-5) schools in 51 counties between November 16 and December 11, 2020 with median class size of 19 students. COVID-19 incidence was 37% lower in schools that required teachers and staff members to use masks and 39% lower in schools that improved ventilation. Ventilation strategies associated with lower school incidence included dilution methods alone (35% lower incidence) or in combination with HEPA filtration methods (48% lower incidence) with or without UVGI. Mask requirements for adults and improved ventilation provide safer, in-person learning environments.

A guideline to limit indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19 – PNAS, Vol 118 No 17, 4/01/21

Strategic air purifier placement reduces virus spread within music classrooms – American Institute of Physics, 3/9/21

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 – Science Magazine, 10/5/20

Health Care Ventilation: the Key to Controlling Airborne Infection – Engineered Systems Magazine, 9/30/20

How to assess classroom ventilation rates – Harvard School of Public Health, 8/28/20

Virus transmission from urinals – Physics of Fluids, 8/18/20 

COVID guidance document, v3 – REHVA, 8/3/20

Reopening guide for schools and universities – ASHRAE, 7/17/20

Can HVAC systems help prevent transmission of COVID-19? – McKinsey, 7/9/20

COVID-19 White Paper – Taylor Engineering, 6/2/20

Converting alternative structures for Coronavirus (COVID-19) patients Henderson Engineers, 4/2/20


 

News: 

It is time to clean up the air in buildings – Economist, 5/29/21

Ventilation and surveillance testing can help keep U.S. schools open in the fall, new studies suggest – NY Times, 5/21/21

Two new studies found that schools can stay open and students remain safe by improving ventilation, requiring adults to wear face masks, and implementing strategic surveillance plans. A Georgia study surveyed 169 elementary schools and found Covid-19 incidence was 35% lower in schools with improved ventilation (opening windows/doors or using fans) and when combined with air distribution HEPA filtration incidence was 48% lower. Requiring all staff to wear masks reduced incidence by 37%. A second study in Utah focused on two screening programs to reduce the impact of Covid by either conducting testing when breakouts occurred instead of automatically shifting to remote learning or requiring students be tested for Covid every 14 days in order to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.

CDC grossly exaggerating outdoor transmission rate: COVID-19 experts – NY Post, 5/11/21

A misleading CDC number – NY Times, 5/11/21

Cost, conflicting advice hamper COVID-19 IAQ upgrades in schools, says center for green schools – ENR, 4/30/21

Most US buildings don’t have this kind of ventilation systems, but it could prevent COVID-19 spread – Fast Company, 3/22/21

Scientists highlight low risk of COVID-19 spread in schools – CIDRAP, 1/27/21

Data and policy to guide opening schools safely to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection – JAMA, 1/26/21

Report details schools’ HVAC problems – New Haven Independent, 1/26/21

DPS installs new air filters to reduce COVID-19 particles – 9NEWS, 1/11/21

SARS-CoV-2 transmission from people without COVID-19 symptoms – JAMA, 1/7/21

To make a building healthier, stop sanitizing everything – Bloomberg, 12/16/20

Debunking myths about MERV, air filtration – ASHRAE Journal, 12/8/20

Clearing the air – Winnipeg Free Press, 12/5/20

Evidence of long-distance droplet transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by direct air flow in a restaurant in Korea – JKMS, 11/23/20

COVID-19 guidance on ventilation in the workplace – OSHA, 11/4/20

The next COVID dilemma: How to make buildings breathe better – Wired, 11/9/20

As restaurants reopen for indoor dining, HVAC systems get an upgrade – MPR Marketplace, 10/26/20

Making IAQ better with COVID-19 in the air – Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, 10/9/20

The CDC has finally acknowledged that the Coronavirus can be airborne - MIT Technology Review, 10/6/20

Are Schools HVAC’S New Hotspot for Opportunity? – ACHR News, 9/29/20

Henderson Engineers uses retrofit UV light in HVAC systems to disinfect indoor air – KSHB Kansas City, 9/24/20

New research explains why children are far less vulnerable to COVID-19 than adults – Science Magazine, 9/21/20

Cal/OSHA will create emergency COVID workplace safety rules – LA Times, 9/17/20

Province Unveils Outdoor Visitation Spaces at Manitoba Care Homes – Global News, 9/15/20

Indoor air quality a top concern among people returning to work – Facility Executive, 9/14/20

USask engineers to study possible COVID-19 transmission through HVAC systems – CBC, 9/13/20

Researchers redesign the face mask to improve comfort and protection – Georgia Tech News, 9/3/20

Key to preventing COVID-19 indoors: ventilation – WSJ, 9/1/20

COVID-19 is transmitted through aerosols. We have enough evidence, now it is time to act – TIME, 8/25/20

Pandemic control in high-performance buildings – Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, 8/18/20

Study says popular face covering could worsen virus spread – Engineering News-Record, 8/14/20

Six steps to slowing airborne aerosol Coronavirus transmission – UCHealth Today, 8/12/20

These are the most (and least) effective face masks, according to research – Health, 8/11/20

Can you get COVID-19 from secondhand smoke? Here’s what experts say – Health, 8/10/20

Future of offices in a post pandemic world – Arup, July 2020

How COVID-19 is affecting air quality, smart buildings – Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, 7/28/20

Buildings focus on indoor air quality amid COVID-19 concerns – Chicago Tribune, 7/27/20

Can COVID-19 spread with air conditioning? HVAC makers plan upgrades – Bloomberg, 7/26/20

HVAC design in commercial buildings to mitigate COVID-19: Improve filtration, don’t increase ventilation – Engineered Systems magazine, 7/22/20

Mounting evidence suggests Coronavirus is airborne, but health advice has not caught up  – Nature, 7/8/20

CannonDesign insights on the impact of COVID-19 on engineering practice – Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, 7/6/20

New HVAC filtration requirement for malls ‘puts the nail in the coffin’ – Buffalo News, 7/2/20

Dewberry tips for handling COVID-19 engineering issues – Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, 7/1/20

Is air conditioning helping spread COVID-19 in the South? – Harvard Gazette, 6/29/20

New York state malls will require air filtration systems that remove Coronavirus – CNBC, 6/29/20

WSP helping medical facilities adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic – Engineered Systems magazine, 6/23/20

COVID-19 mitigation strategies in HVAC systems – Jordan & Skala Engineers, 6/20/20

Which path should I take to reopen my building? – Engineered Systems magazine, 6/19/20

Healthcare Building Codes & Design After COVID-19 – Karpinski Engineering, 6/16/20

OSHA guidance on COVID-19 for employers and workers – OSHA, 6/4/20

Healthcare design in the wake of COVID-19 – Henderson Engineers, 6/1/20

How COVID-19 will reset architecture in cities – LA Times, 5/29/20

University of Alberta to research COVID-19 spread through ventilation systems – Folio (University of Alberta), 5/27/20

Mechanical system tips for reducing pandemic risks – Peter Basso Associates, 5/27/20

We spend 90% of our time inside – why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted? – Fast Company, 5/20/20

Limiting the spread of airborne pathogens through mechanical design - Smith+Anderson, 5/13/20

How can better air quality help fight COVID-19 – WSP, 5/11/20

Engineering healthy workplaces - Considerations in response to COVID-19 – Buro Happold, 5/1/20

An air filtration primer for building owners & developers – Gensler, 4/30/20

Winnipeg companies and manufacturers continue to pivot to combat COVID – EDW, 4/14/20

Winnipeg company going all-out to build instant isolation rooms across North America CBC News, 4/9/20

Shuttered Blue Island Hospital to Reopen for COVID-19 Patients CBS Chicago, 4/7/2020

Medical Center converts cafeteria into 74-Bed COVID-19 treatment unit – Hackensack Meridian Health, 4/4/20

 

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