Success Story: AIRBODS!

Success Story: AIRBODS!

Our Breathing City community are a busy bunch. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing some of the projects our members are involved with.

Breathing City co-investigator, and Theme1 co-lead, Prof. Malcolm Cook is leading an 18-month study to get large-scale events back up and running, with trials currently taking place at several ‘test’ venues including the O2 arena and Wembley Stadium. The government funded AIRBODS (Airborne Infection Reduction through Building Operation and Design for SARS-CoV-2) project has partners from Loughborough University, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield and London South Bank University.

“Inadequate ventilation has been highlighted as a risk factor in terms of the possible airborne transmission of Covid-19 in buildings. AIRBODS aims to quantify the risk of this transmission through a combination of experimental work, measurement of environmental factors in buildings, and computer modelling.

The team are currently monitoring the indoor air quality and the movement of air at different locations around the test venues to try and understand the impact of ventilation, and then relate this to the number of people present at an event and the microbiological analysis of surfaces and air around the venue.”

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