COVID-19 Workshop - Return to work imperative - Minimizing the risk of airborne transmission
The COVID-19 infection risk will continue to dominate our social and professional behavior in the next months in spite of the availability of vaccines. In this next phase of returning to "normality", our everyday activities focus on how to minimize the risk of infection, how to increase confidence in our wellbeing, and how to increase performance and output as quickly as possible. Scientific opinion is now unified that airborne transmission remains a primary mechanism of infection spread, particularly with highly transmissible new variants of the disease.
Validated CFD-tools applied to healthcare, public amenities and public transport, community centers, office, sports and leisure facilities, allow us to simulate and visualize ventilation strategies and dispersion of aerosols under controlled conditions. In turn, digital simulation enables us with metrics to assess the effectiveness of interventions and to make informed decisions towards the benefit of service users. This workshop introduces and illustrates a unique framework to generate and disseminate knowledge how to contain the spread of the virus across broad swathes of community quickly.
- Major Ross Carter, Military Embed at Department of Health and Social Care: “COVID-19 Mobile Test Processing Units: de-risking platform development using CFD” (Audio only)
- Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk, Imperial College, London: “Breathing City Future Urban Ventilation Network”
- Prof. Thorsten Stoesser, Professor of Engineering Fluid Mechanics - University College London: "Protecting London bus drivers from exposure to the corona virus"
Moderated discussion and interaction with attendees and all invited speakers.