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New REALM research on ventilation and COVID-19

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Research briefing on ventilation

This research briefing, prepared by Battelle, provides the latest research on the effects of ventilation on the spread of COVID-19 that may affect building operations, policies, and procedures, including the following:

  • One study suggests that adding a supply fan into window openings may provide an easy, cost-effective way to improve ventilation.
  • A model assessing the use of portable air cleaners (PACs) in reducing COVID-19 infection in poorly ventilated scenarios found that placing PACs in the center of a room provides the optimal location for reducing the risk of infection.
  • Several studies examining the use of ultraviolet (UV) technology in minimizing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in enclosed spaces.

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