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A tool to rapidly simulate the airborne virus exposure in different indoor scenarios

We estimated the variability of the viral emission strength in the general infected population when breathing, speaking softly and loudly. Thus, how often we have to expect that an infected person has low, medium or high virus emissions.
We then packaged all the complicated statistics into an easy to use tool that allows experts a rapid simulation of a wide range of indoor scenarios. Here you can read more about it and download the tool (an Excel-Spreadsheet).

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How can we stay safe in fall and winter? Part 2: collective measures

In my last blog I talked about individual measures that each and everyone can take to stay safe and healthy. Here I will touch on collective measures. Collective measures are those that need to be done together to protect everybody or a specific group of people, such as the elderly and sick. Typically collective measures need the definition of rules within a larger collective, such as a company or by a government.

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Only few emit sufficient virus to be infectious via aerosols – but this is still bad news!

We published a model to estimate viral aerosol emissions from simulated individuals with asymptomatic to moderate COVID-19. People in the same room as a super-emitter are likely to get infected. Aerosol super-emission of viruses is a rare phenomenon but still a big public health problem. Ventilation helps, but measuring CO2 in the room is not giving the information we need.

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How to contain COVID-19 when restarting school

Worldwide, countries closed their schools because of COVID-19. But in Switzerland, in three weeks from now, schools are supposed to reopen. Can this be done safely? Probably yes, but only with great prudence! It is not enough to hope that the kids will be fine....

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Shall masks be worn? Yes, but it depends!

True or false? „Washing hands is useless because people don’t do it right and because they touch their face too often!“ FALSE! But why do we hear the same arguments about wearing hygiene mask (surgical masks) to prevent the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19?...

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Masks are key to resume a mostly normal life

COVID-19 is a very dangerous disease. Can we lock up everybody to prevent the spread? Yes, we can – or almost. An effective strategy that allows most of us to return to a mostly normal life should include wearing masks, washing hands and keeping them clean, and an active programme to produce safety materials.

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