Past Event

Environmental Health Matters Initiative Virtual Workshop: Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

August 26, 2020 - August 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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There is much we don’t know about the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We know it can spread from an infected person’s sneeze or cough. But what do we know about transmission via speech and exhaled breath? How long do infectious particles linger in the air? How far can they travel? Featuring experts in aerosol science, virology, infectious disease, and epidemiology, this workshop will delve into the rapidly evolving science on the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. 

This event is part of a larger body of COVID-19-related work at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, including the Rapid Expert Consultation on the Possibility of Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 1, 2020). The workshop will serve as a forum for interdisciplinary discussion, explanations of the basic foundational science, and clarification of terminology used differently among the relevant fields, all of which will be useful to those looking to understand the state of the science on SARS-CoV-2 transmission. 

This workshop is public and free to attend. For more information and the full agenda, click here.

Expected Speakers and Panelists

Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech; Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology; Donald Milton, University of Maryland School of Public Health; Chip Schooley, University of California, San Diego; Emmie de Wit, Rocky Mountain Laboratories; Kanta Subbarao, WHO; William Nazaroff, University of California, Berkeley (emeritus); Yuguo Li, University of Hong Kong; Shelly Miller, University of Colorado, Boulder; Sabra Klein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. More speakers will be added in the upcoming days.

Workshop Planning Committee

Jonathan M. Samet, Colorado School of Public Health; Georges C. Benjamin, American Public Health Association; Seema Lakdawala, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; John-Martin Lowe, Global Center for Health Security; Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech; Kim Prather; University of California, San Diego; Arthur Reingold, University of California, Berkeley; John Volckens, Colorado State University (CSU).