Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and how to protect ourselves: What we know now

When:  Dec 2, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET)

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, and how to protect ourselves: What we know now

  • Date: 2020-12-02
  • Speaker: Jose Jimenez, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Moderator: Adriaan Bax, NIH
  • Abstract: I will review the importance of aerosols for disease transmission, a topic in which I have been working with many of the world leaders since March 2020. I will summarize the reasons why many other scientists and I think that COVID-19 transmission is driven by aerosols, with a smaller fraction of surface transmission, and with a minor contribution of ballistic "WHO" droplets (only important when coughing and sneezing). I will explain the roots of the WHO's extreme resistance to aerosol transmission, which are rooted in a century of denial of the role of aerosols in disease transmission. I will present some ideas about how to protect ourselves better from COVID-19 in the coming months and from other respiratory diseases in the future.
  • Bio: Jose-Luis Jimenez is a Professor of Chemistry and a Fellow of CIRES at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT. His research group focuses on advanced real-time aerosol measurements and their application to aircraft and laboratory studies, and on mathematical modeling. He is a Highly Cited Researcher, and a Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).