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Infection dispersal in buildings

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Since the first case was identified in December 2019, the COVID -19 pandemic has spread worldwide, exposing considerable limitations in our understanding of the mechanisms for the transmission of airborne diseases. For a disease like COVID -19 to spread, the pathogen needs to be transported through the air from an infected person to a susceptible individual. However, after it is expelled inside droplets of respiratory fluid, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding where the pathogen will end up. Indoors, droplet dispersal and airborne transmission, is controlled by the ventilation flows in buildings and therefore understanding the fluid mechanics of these processes is essential for preventing the spread of airborne diseases.

This talk is part of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Flows (IEEF) series.

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