Disease-Resistant Buildings and Infrastructure for Resilience to COVID-19

Fears for the novel coronavirus contagion have shut down schools, libraries, public transit, offices, stores, restaurants, and countless other buildings worldwide. With indoor transmission being the primary route for the rapid spread of COVID-19, these fears and shutdowns are well justified; yet, the tolls on our communities are more than astonishing.

There has to be a way to prevent indoor transmission in buildings so that they could stay open, which has been the outcry as the shutdown drags on. With that in mind, CEE’s Professor Qiang He and Assistant Professor Shuai Li have paired their expertise in environmental microbiology and infrastructure engineering to pursue a unique and novel strategy—disease-resistant buildings resilient to pathogen transmission.

Read the full story at cee.utk.edu.

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