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CRRG Webinar: Physics of respiratory infections: do we understand it?

Professor Lidia Morawska gave a presentation for the COVID Research and Resources Group (CRRG) Webinar series, titled “Physics of respiratory infections: do we understand it?” To view the presentation

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Open Letter ranked in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric !

Our Open Letter published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases titled, “It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19”, was ranked in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric in 2020, and sits at #8 in the Top 100 Altmetric papers for 2020

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Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence, QUT Recognition Program 2020

Many congratulations to Professor Lidia Morawska, who was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, QUT Recognition Program 2020…

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Professor Morawska in the Top 40 Australian Researchers in The Australian Research magazine!

Many congratulations to Professor Lidia Morawska, who has been named named in the list of Top 40 Australian Researchers in The Australian Research Magazine – please see page 9, and scroll to the Life Sciences & Earth Sciences section (https://specialreports.theaustralian.com.au/1540291/9/

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Al Jazeera News: Professor Lidia Morawska explains "Coronavirus: What did they get wrong?"

Professor Lidia Morawska appeared in an Al Jazeera news YouTube video on the 19 August, on the topic of “Coronavirus: What did they get wrong?” To view the Video &nbsp…

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COMMENTARY: It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

A group of 239 scientists from around the world, co-led by Professor Lidia Morawska, Director of the ILAQH, has changed the global approach to infection control. They appealed to the medical community and to national and international bodies (including the World Health Organisation) to recognize the potential for airborne spread of…

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JUST PUBLISHED: COVID-19 patients in earlier stages exhaled millions of SARS-CoV-2 per hour

Another COVID paper success story. A paper titled, “COVID-19 patients in earlier stages exhaled millions of SARS-CoV-2 per hour” (ciaa1283, 2020), by Jianxin Ma, Xiao Qi, Haoxuan Chen, Xinyue Li, Zheng Zhang, Haibin Wang, Lingli Sun, Lu Zhang, Jiazhen Guo, Lidia Morawska, Sergey A. Grinshpun, Pratim Biswas, Richard C. Flagan, Maosheng…

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QUT Media Release: We ignore COVID-19 airborne spread indoors at our peril: 239 scientists

A plea issued by 239 scientists from around the world to recognise and mitigate airborne transmission of COVID-19 addressed to international health authorities is to be published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The 239 signatories from 32 countries come from many different areas of science and engineering, including…

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Podcast "From Australian bushfires to disease transmission: Role of aerosols"

Atmospheric Tales is a podcast that covers themes related to air pollution and climate change. Episode 04 of the Podcast dated 11 June, features an interview with Professor Lidia Morawska titled “From Australian bushfires to disease transmission: Role of aerosols” to discuss bushfires in Australia and their impact on air quality. For

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JUST PUBLISHED: How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimised?

There is a new paper in Environment International titled, “How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimised?”, published by a group of multidisciplinary co-authors from around the world, led by Professor Lidia Morawska…

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Mega milestone for KOALA air monitoring network!

The team at QUT’s International Laboratory for Air Quality & Health (ILAQH), led by Professor Lidia Morawska, celebrated a huge milestone this week with their low-cost air quality monitoring network sensing its 10 millionth record. The air quality sensing device, dubbed the KOALA (Knowing Our Ambient Local Air-quality) was wholly…

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QUT Media Release, IFE: COVID-19 is in the air, experts say

QUT air quality expert, Professor Lidia Morawska from QUT’s International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health said the world should face the reality of airborne transmission in the fight against COVID-19. “Hand washing and maintaining social distance of 1.5 metres are the main measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO…

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Congratulations to Professor Lidia Morawska, elected a Fellow for the Australian Academy of Science!

Congratulations to Professor Lidia Morawska, who has just been elected a Fellow for the Australian Academy of Science! An acknowledgement of her outstanding contributions to science and society! For more information, visit the Australian Academy of Science website

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JUST PUBLISHED: Estimation of airborne viral emission: Quanta emission rate of SARS-CoV-2 for infection risk assessment

A new paper has just been published in the Environment International journal, titled, “Estimation of airborne viral emission: Quanta emission rate of SARS-CoV-2 for infection risk assessment“, led by ILAQH’s Adjunct Professor Giorgio Buonanno, from the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, and co-authored by ILAQH’s Director…

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QUT Media Release: Indoor precautions essential to stem airborne COVID-19

Researchers are urging health authorities to immediately recognise the role of airborne transmission of COVID-19 virus droplets from an infected person beyond 1.5m in order to stem the disease’s spread. Read more | Download

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JUST PUBLISHED: Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the world should face the reality

Just published in the Environment International journal, an important Perspective titled “Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the world should face the reality” written by Professor Lidia Morawska (ILAQH, QUT) and Professor Junji Cao (Key Lab of Aerosol Chemistry & Physics (KLACP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China). To read

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QUT Media Release: COVID-19 could be spread on breath of infected people

While we have heard much discussion about how COVID-19 infection spreads, little focus has been placed on the airborne route of infection, so far, says QUT International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health director Professor Lidia Morawska. Read More | Download

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Professor Zoran Ristovski interview with Chanel 7 News

Professor Zoran Ristovski was interviewed by Chanel 7 News to talk about how pollution levels in our seas and skies appear to be dropping! To watch the video

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ILAQH Research on Expiratory Aerosols and Infection Spread

The ILAQH has been conducting extensive studies related to infection spread over many years, including responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, the ILAQH is in the process of setting up two mask testing facilities. One to be established in the ILAQH laboratory at QUT, and will investigate non-viable aerosols. The…

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More testing and surveillance needed for COVID-19

Last night (23 March) Australia’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Paul Kelly, said that new protocols determining who can be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 will be announced in the coming days. Here, Professor Lidia Morawska and Professor Guy B. Marks argue that much more testing is needed, and why. Read more | Download

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Many congratulations to Dr. Branka Miljevic, awarded the position of HDR Director!

Many congratulations to Dr. Branka Miljevic for being awarded the position of HDR Director for our new School, the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences…

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ILAQH Media appearances on bush fire smoke

Members of the ILAQH have been giving numerous media appearances on the topic of air quality from bush fire smoke, with the continuation of multiple bush fires burning across Queensland and New South Wales. Lidia Morawska ABC News on 9 December, titled Sydney smoke is infiltrating homes and it may be just as hazardous to stay indoors |

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Many congratulations to Professor Zoran Risktovski, awarded the position of Acting Head of School!

Many congratulations to Professor Zoran Ristovski for being awarded the position of Acting Head of School, for our new school – the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences…

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QUT MEDIA RELEASE: Bushfire smoke more dangerous than dust storm particles

Bushfire smoke particles covering Queensland and New South Wales are more dangerous to inhale than the particles from the dust storms which blanketed Brisbane in 2009. Professor Zoran Ristovski, from QUT’s International Laboratory for Air Quality & Health (ILAQH), said QUT had developed and deployed a network of KOALA air-quality…