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. The ILAQH’s work in this field layed a foundation for the understanding of size distribution and size of origin, as well as the mechanisms of breath from human epirated aerosols (J. Aerosol Sci., 40: 256-269, 2009; 40: 122-133, 2009; 42: 839-851, 2011; J. Aerosol Med. Pulm. D., 22: 229-237); burden of cough aerosols, droplet fate in indoor environments, including the risk of airborne transmission in cars (Indoor Air, 16(5): 335-347, 2006; Epidemiol. Infect., 9: 1-5, 2011; Thorax, 69: 740-745, 2014; thoraxjnl-2018, 2018; Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., 198(10), 1339-1342; 197(3): 348-355, 2018; PLoS One, 11(7): e0158763; Respirology, 24(10): 980-987, 2019); indoor air, the impact of room ventilation, and the risk of airborne infection transmission in hospitals and other health care settings (Am. J. Infect. Control., 39: 866-872, 2011; Indoor Air, 25(5): 462-474, 2015; Indoor Air, 27(5): 988-1000, 2017; Environ. Int., 107: 89-99, 2017; Respir. 24(10): 980-987, 2019); the use of face masks raising pollution risks (Nature Comment, 574: 29-30, 2019); population-level genomics and global spread of human transmissible infection (Science, 354(6313):751-757, 2016); airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (Environ. Int., 139: 105730, 2020 – this was the most downloaded Environment International article for the month of May 2020!; Environ. Int., 142: 105832, 2020; Clin. Infect. Dis., ciaa939, 2020), as well as the estimation of airborne viral emissions (Environ. Int., 141: 105794, 2020).


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Plenary Presentations

  • Plenary Presentation, Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Virtual Workshop of the National Academy of Sciences and NASEM Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI), on 26-27 August 2020.
    Presentation titleSize characteristics of particles generated by people

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, eynote Presentation, Clean 2020 Virtual Summit, on 25 August 2020.
    Presentation title:: Minimizing airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors

  • Invited Panellist & Plenary Presentation, ASEAN Smart Cities Initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), on 25 August 2020

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, Plenary Presentation, Online COVID-19 education series ‘Quick Tips for Fast Thinking’, of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), August 2020.

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, Plenary Presentation, Professional Development Webinar of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering Australia – Professional Development (IHEA Qld), on 23 July 2020

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, CME training course ‘Webinar/SYNCHRONOUS FAD; AIR POLLUTION AND COVID-19: MECHANISMS, PRELIMINARY FINDINGS AND WAYS AHEAD’, organized by the Fondazione Menarini and of Scientific Committee, 15 July 2020.
    Presentation: It is not heresy:  airborne transmissions of viral infections occur all around us!

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, Presentation to VuMedi on 29 June.
    Presentation title:“New comment on COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Analysis: How Can Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, European Respiratory Cluster Antwerp (EURECA) on 19 June 2020.
    Presentation: The airborne transmission of COVID-19
    Link to the Proceedings

  • Professor Lidia Morawska, ISIAQ Webinar held on the 25 May 2020.
    Presentation title: The airborne infection spread in buildings – it’s time to stop it!
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