COVID-19 Resource Center

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COVID-19 Research & Resource Center
We have collected research and resources from scientists and organizations around the globe addressing how to minimize the spread of COVID-19 inside buildings.

We will continue to update this page as additional research and resources are published.

Indoor Air Quality

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission
American Society for Microbiology, May 6, 2020
Enacting enhanced building HVAC operational practices can also reduce the potential for spread of SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with Air Conditioning in Restaurant, Guangzhou, China, 2020
CDC Research Letter – July 2020 (early study release)
To prevent spread of COVID-19 in restaurants, we recommend strengthening temperature-monitoring surveillance, increasing the distance between tables, and improving ventilation.

Aerodynamic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in two Wuhan hospitals
Nature, April 27, 2020
Our results indicate that room ventilation, open space, sanitization of protective apparel, and proper use and disinfection of toilet areas can effectively limit the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols. 

ASHRAE Issues Statements on Relationship Between COVID-19 and HVAC in Buildings
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, April 20, 2020
ASHRAE officially opposes the advice not to run residential or commercial HVAC systems and asserts that keeping air conditioners on during this time can help control the spread of the virus.

Why COVID-19 Raises the Stakes for Healthy Buildings
Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, April 20, 2020
Although facilities managers might think they’re saving a few dollars on electricity and air filters, “There's just no reason anymore to economize on airflow and filtration,” Macomber says. “That just doesn't make any sense. It's a cheap way to help people be healthier.”

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the world should face the reality
National Center for Biotechnology Information, April 10, 2020
Hand washing and maintaining social distance are the main measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, these measures do not prevent infection by inhalation of small droplets exhaled by an infected person that can travel distance of meters or tens of meters in the air and carry their viral content… Shops, offices, schools, restaurants, cruise ships, and of course public transport, is where ventilation practices should be reviewed, and ventilation maximized.

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