Your right on with the problem, but I think we need to consider the increased impact of the reduction in outdoor air exchanges to increase energy efficiency over the last several decades. I have a location where employees are located every 6 ft. Although this meets the “recommended requirement” with what I know I would prefer either increased distances or a better method of room air disinfection. I wonder if anyone has looked at placing a UV light (I’ve forgotten the preferred wavelength, is it 865nm?) as a general room disinfection method? I am aware of the ACGIH TLV for UV, but I think this could be manageable.
Most people, including the CDC, have been making all their guidance on assumptions that primary transmission is from large droplet entrainment of particulate which has never made sense to me. And the fact that clusters been in cruise ships, meat packing plants and choir rooms where people are in close prolonged contact in poorly ventilated areas points to spread by aerosolization. While HEPA filters or filters with MERV ratings of 15 or greater with an increase of outside air intake is not an absolute cure all it certainly would be a good place to begin to reduce the concentration of active virus particulate in the air, then address distancing and maximum number of people in a room.
Alicia Frazier | 19100 Ridgewood Parkway | San Antonio, TX 78259
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I am certainly not an expert on this subject and have been thinking about it as we plan for a limited return to campus
This piece certainly did not "clear it up" but did placed some of the arguments in perspective
Pamela Auburn, PhD
Houston TX 77098
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