As we all socially distance and stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some may be asking themselves what else can they do to ‘flatten the curve’. While handwashing and staying home remain the most effective means of limiting the spread of the virus, there is conflicting information surfacing about the role and efficacy of air-filters.
“It is important for people to understand how air-filtration systems are supposed to work,” says Prof. Jeffrey Siegel, a professor in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and an expert in indoor air quality. “Some may be frightened with the situation we are all facing right now, but the best way to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities are with evidence-based information.”
In this webinar version of our Talking Air Filtration podcast, Dr. Siegel will answer many questions including:
- What you need to know about keeping you and your building safe
- Can building air filtration protect me from getting COVID-19?
- What filter should I use to protect those in my building from COVID-19?
Prof. Jeffrey Siegel is a professor in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and an expert in indoor air quality. His research has looked at a wide variety of airborne particles and air cleaning approaches, however, he has not specialized in infectious diseases or viruses. This information is meant to supplement that coming from global, national, and local health authorities and is specifically meant to address an issue that is not currently well-addressed. Prof. Siegel is grateful for comments and edits from several including the following individuals and their review does not imply endorsement by any individual or institution.