If someone in your household gets COVID-19 or another airborne disease, how can you prevent it from spreading to others in your home? This question is the basis of a recently completed research project at the FSEC Energy Research Center, a research institute at the University of Central Florida. The U.S. Department of Energy provided the funding for the study, while the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provided oversight.
Using a full-scale laboratory home, UCF researchers evaluated methods to create an isolation zone in a single-family home where an infected person could remain separated from the rest of the occupants. The researchers found that a basic isolation zone for a contagious person could be created with little cost and effort.
In this webinar, the researchers will present their findings and will discuss several low-cost, easy-to-implement control strategies to potentially mitigate transmission of infectious aerosols in a single-family house.
1. Describe characteristics of an isolation zone in terms of pressure differences.
2. Describe low-cost interventions to create a difference in pressure between an isolation zone and a main zone.
3. Describe how airborne infectious disease particles are simulated.
4. Be able to implement effective control strategies using easily accessible and low-cost materials, and simple processes.