Professor Cath Noakes delivers the Lane Lecture 2020 - "Droplets and Aerosols – the complex physics of respiratory disease transmission"
|Starts:||16:00 18 Nov 2020|
|Ends:||18:00 18 Nov 2020|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Professor Cath Noakes|
Professor Cath Noakes will deliver this year’s virtual Lane Lecture: Droplets and Aerosols – the complex physics of respiratory disease transmission
COVID-19 has presented us with the most difficult healthcare and societal challenge we have faced in living memory. As a new disease we have had to build the knowledge base on every aspect of the virus rapidly over the past 10 months. To understand the mechanisms of transmission we have had to draw on experiences for other respiratory viruses together with the growing evidence based on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is critical to being able to implement effective mitigation strategies.
This lecture considers the complex interactions that determine the dispersion, transport and survival of microorganisms in aerosols and droplets, and what this means for respiratory disease transmission including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Professor Noakes will discuss some of the engineering and modelling approaches that can be used to understand mechanisms for transmission and design mitigation strategies, including the interactions between people and the environment, the role of ventilation and the potential application for technologies such as germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) disinfection. The talk considers how research findings may be used to support practice, and where there are knowledge gaps in both understand fundamental processes and the real performance of solutions.
Professor Cath Noakes
Role: British mechanical engineer who is a Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings
Organisation: University of Leeds.
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