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Event Description:

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in crowded, close-contact, and poorly ventilated indoor spaces is of increased concern with the emergence of the highly infectious Delta variant. As more people return to the workplace, layered control measures must continue to be taken to mitigate the spread of the virus. Ventilation and particulate matter (PM) removal within elevators is not well understood. Employees, particularly those with disabilities, may not be able to return to work without the use of elevators, especially in densely populated cities with buildings spanning dozens of floors. This presentation will focus on ventilation inside elevator cabins, the effectiveness of several control measures to remove PM, and the implications for elevator use.

Learning Objectives:

- Review the basics of ventilation assessment within elevators
- Describe the effect affordable and easy to implement interventions have on ventilation and particulate matter removal within elevators
- Discuss the implications for elevator use during a pandemic