There will be two presentations during the first webinar, followed by a question and discussion session.
There will be two presentations during the first webinar, followed by a question and discussion session.

The Building and Environment division of STM publisher Elsevier will host a series of free webinars on Covid-19 control and the first webinar will take place on Tuesday 26 January between 14:30–16:00 GMT.

There will be two presentations during the first webinar, followed by a question and discussion session. The topics of the two presentations are as follows:

1)  Risk of Airborne COVID-19 Virus Transmissions in Airliner Cabins, presented by Prof. Qingyan “Yan” Chen, Purdue University, USA (14:30–15:00 GMT)

Deadly airborne infectious diseases appear every few years, such as SARS in 2003, H1N1‐A influenza in 2010, and Covid‐19 in 2020. The diseases could be brought from one country to another by airplanes and in many cases, infection could occur in airplane cabins. This seminar will show how to model airborne mode of Covid-19 transmission caused by coughing, talking, and breathing from an index patient.

2)  Mitigating COVID-19 at Public Spaces, presented by Prof. John Zhai, University of Colorado, Boulder and Keith Trace, Senior Director, Global Operations Services, Engineering and Facilities Management, Marriott International (15:00 – 15:30 GMT)

Scientific research has shown that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spread via aerosolised particles. The risk of airborne spread can be reduced via a layered approach which includes social distancing, wearing masks and improving air quality with ventilation and filtration. This study used both computational fluid dynamics and field mock-up experiment to investigate the indoor virus transport characteristics and potential mitigation solutions.

3)  Questions and discussion (15:30 – 16:00 GMT)

You can register for the webinars here