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Second NCOH webinar about aerosols

Aerosols are hot. What makes these tiny droplets so complex?

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Airborne transmission is defined as the spread of an infectious agent through the dissemination of droplet nuclei (aerosols) that remain infectious while suspended in the air. They can spread over large distances and may remain infectious for extended periods of time.

Scientists have been actively discussing whether SARS-CoV-2 may also be able to spread through aerosols in the absence of aerosol generating procedures, particularly in indoor settings with poor ventilation or during certain medical procedures that are known to generate aerosols.

Hence, the topic of the next NCOH-webinar will be about aerosols, and particularly about the complexity in research.

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Sander Herfst of Erasmus MC, Lidwien Smit of Utrecht University and Karen Ellen Veldkamp of LUMC will be presenting their work on this subject. Marc Bonten will be the moderator of this webinar.

Programme

15:00 Opening by Marc Bonten, NCOH Scientific Director AMR
Collection of infectious aerosolized respiratory viruses from the air

Sander Herfst PhD, Viroscience department Erasmus MC

Little is known about the transmission kinetics of respiratory viruses, especially via the air. Optimized air sampling techniques that quantify infectious virus in the air are indispensable in order to improve intervention strategies to prevent spreading of respiratory viruses. Different air sampling methods and their efficiencies will be discussed.

Measuring SARS-CoV-2 in the air: experience from studies in mink farms and a slaughterhouse

Lidwien Smit PhD, Utrecht University, Institute for Risk Assesment Sciences (IRAS)

Air measurements in and around mink barns (related to public health) and in a slaughterhouse with a COVID-19 cluster (cool environment).

Prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by aerosols in hospitals.

Karin Ellen Veldkamp PhD, LUMC, Head of Infection Prevention

The topics in the presentation of Karen Ellen are: the risk of transmission, definitions of droplet & airborne transmission, infectious aerosol generating procedures and precautions to prevent transmission in hospital.

15:40 Panel discussion