SARS-CoV-2 & Back-To-School (Part 2). Ventilation & cleaning concerns

SARS-CoV-2 and Back-to-School Part 2: Transmission through air and surfaces

In Part 2 of this series we discuss the relative risk of infection through circulating air and on surfaces and some easy examples of how to break up air circulation patterns in schools.
Major points include:
1) Risks from circulating air versus surfaces
2) How masks, outside time (especially during meal time and when shouting/singing/playing music) and opening windows and doors can help reduce risk.
3) What to clean and when.
4) Beware of the break room! Occupational transmission often comes from colleagues – reduce the risk.

To download the slides, click here.

SARS-CoV-2 and Back to School (Part 1)

 

If children can catch SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and carry as much of the virus, why are we considering opening schools? In part 1 Dr. Bowdish discusses how the virus spreads and why this might be different between children and adults. (Short answer= children spread less because they are more likely to be asymptomatic and less likely to cough/sneeze when they are infected than adults.) Topics covered in this presentation include: 1) Which countries have successfully opened schools and why? 2) Why droplet size matters? Coughs and sneezes spread more than talking/breathing. 3) Symptoms that differ between adults and kids. 4) Priority #1 for keeping schools safe – keep people with symptoms, no matter how mild out.

To download the slides used in this talk see click here. If you would like the video in another format (e.g. .mp4, .wmv) please email Dr. Bowdish at bowdish.ca.

Dr. Bowdish talks with the CBC about whether we should worry about the coronovirus.

Canada is repatriating citizens from Wuhan, China. Should we be worried that this will bring the coronovirus to Canada?
Dr. Bowdish talks to CBC about the risks of bringing Canadians home, what we can do to protect ourselves from infection, and reveals that there is a virus circulating in Canada right now with similar symptoms that has killed hundreds of Canadians and is expected to kill hundreds more (it’s influenza and you should get your flu shot).

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-82-here-and-now-toronto/clip/15758125-canada-is-going-to-try-and-repatriate-citizens-stuck-in-wuhan.-what-happens-next

White Paper: “As One of Canada’s Top Killers, Why Isn’t Pneumonia Taken More Seriously?” with Ryerson’s Institute of Aging

 

White paper: “Paving The Way For Immunization Innovation” with the Lung Association Ontario

November is Lung Month – what do older adults need to know about pneumonia?

Dr Bowdish is the Canadian Lung Association’s spokesperson for World Pneumonia Day (November 12, 2018). Here she discusses the importance of being vaccinated for pneumonia….

She also speaks to Zoomer Magazine about pneumonia, vaccinations and the aging immune system here…

To get a sense of the other lung research going on in the Bowdish lab, see our Instagram page: house.macrophage

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