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2021 Air Quality and Health Virtual Workshop

Our 18th Air Quality and Health (Virtual) Workshop will focus on the air quality and the COVID-19 pandemic.   People infected with COVID-19 experience a range in symptoms and severity of illness.…
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Building Shutdown and Re-opening during the COVID-19 Pandemic

[Last Updated: Feb 11, 2021] During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it may be necessary to periodically close public buildings and facilities, followed by re-opening when safe again. Periods of low…
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COVID-19 and outdoor safety: Considerations for use of outdoor recreational spaces

[NOTE:a printer friendly version of this document is attached at the bottom] Introduction Outdoor recreational spaces make important contributions to social well-being as well as physical and…
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COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke: A Potentially Bad Combination

Exposure to air pollution can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function, making it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19. Wildfire smoke is a complex…
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COVID-19 in indoor environments — Air and surface disinfection measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of workplaces, public facilities, retail and commercial spaces, entertainment venues, and other indoor spaces where groups of people congregate. As cities…
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COVID-19 Precautions for Multi-unit Residential Buildings

The transmission of COVID-19, which occurs primarily through close contact with an infected person, has made it necessary for large proportions of the world’s population to self-isolate in their…
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COVID-19 Risks and Precautions for Choirs

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
The COVID-19 pandemic has required a rethinking of how many of our daily tasks and routine activities influence risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease. Early in…
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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Strategies for COVID-19

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
What facility heating, ventilation, and air conditioning strategies are needed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19? Join the National Academies’ Federal Facilities Council on Wednesday,…
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Make our communities healthier with better air quality during and post-pandemic: CANUE

The abrupt change in our lives brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is and will continue to affect us all deeply.  There are obvious changes of limited movement and social interaction with many…
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Masking during the COVID-19 pandemic

*/ /*-->*/ /*-->*/ [Updated: Oct 21, 2020] Introduction Extensive debate over when, where, and what types of masks should be worn, and by whom, has persisted during the COVID-19 pandemic with…
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Reducing wood smoke and protecting indoor air quality is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
Wintertime in Canada sees many of us spending more time indoors. Perhaps even more so this year due to COVID restrictions. Amidst the second waves of COVID-19, we are reminded of the effects the…
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Role of ventilation in influencing COVID-19 transmission risk

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
As we return to indoor public spaces, and given the ongoing controversy over whether SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted in aerosols, there has been intense interest around both the role of ventilation…
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Safety considerations for cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic

Over the past few months, there have been numerous reports of increasing numbers of people riding bicycles in many Canadian cities. There are also expectations that during the warmer months, cycling…
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Summer is coming: Wildfire smoke + COVID-19

It is meant as an ominous threat when characters in the popular Game of Thrones series utter “winter is coming”, and I feel the same way about the summer of 2020. The catastrophic wildfire seasons of…
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UBC SPPH OEH: Role of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and technologies in the public health response to COVID-19

Topics: COVID-19, Indoor Air
As we return to indoor public spaces, there has been intense interest around both the role of ventilation systems in spreading COVID-19, as well as the use of ventilation to reduce transmission. This…
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