The cruise ship Diamond Princess in port at Yokohama, Japan, where it spent nearly two months in quarantine. U of A researchers are studying whether tiny droplets can carry the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 through heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Researchers aim to find out whether COVID-19 can spread through ventilation systems

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In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, it was the Diamond Princess cruise ship, not a country, that trailed only China in the number confirmed COVID-19 cases. While the ill-fated trip dragged on in quarantine off the coast of Japan for about a month, 700 passengers became sick and 12 died.

“We can tell that something’s up on these cruise ships during the pandemic, and questions are also arising about the safety of airplanes and buildings,” said Brian Fleck, a mechanical engineering professor and a co-applicant on a study aimed at determining whether and how viruses use a building’s ventilations system to seek out hosts….

https://www.folio.ca/researchers-aim-to-find-out-whether-covid-19-can-spread-through-ventilation-systems/

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