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An Aerosol Science Perspective on SARS-CoV-2

The debut of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, has prompted hyper-awareness of the invisible threat of viral transmission through the air we breathe. We don masks and keep six-feet of social distance to avoid getting infected; however, we may not understand the science behind these preventive measures. As we navigate this global pandemic, details on the physics behind aerosol and droplet transmission of viruses like SARS-CoV-2 can help to inform safe behaviors.

This one-hour webinar provides an overview of aerosol transmission of viruses, the current knowledge of the science as it relates to SARS-CoV-2, and the efficacy of some non-pharmaceutical interventions to reduce viral transmission. Chemical engineers in industry and academia, including undergraduates with a background in basic fluid mechanics will find this webinar helpful in understanding the emerging and evolving science around SARS-CoV-2. 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Technical vocabulary needed to read emerging scientific literature in this area
  • Relevant aerosol physics
  • Current understanding of modes of transmission
  • Current understanding of efficacy of non-pharmaceutical interventions

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