Modulation of Airconditioning Settings to Destroy Respiratory Viruses

Project dates: 2017-01-01 00:00:00 - 2020-12-31 00:00:00

The relationship between ambient humidity and airborne infection is poorly understood for viral pathogens including influenza and the common cold. This project will apply state of the art techniques developed by the CI to prove that airborne viruses can be rapidly degraded by manipulating the ambient humidity in order to activate the deliquescent behavior of Sodium chloride naturally present the the cough aerosol carrier particles. The resulting findings will be used to develop indoor air humidity control guidelines targeting the vulnerabilities of the viruses to minimize airborne infection.

Funding / Grants

  • Australian Research Council