The Aireamos platform is the result of the efforts of different Spanish research groups and entities that are studying the virus transmission mechanism via aerosol by analyzing CO2 levels in air. The platform was presented via Youtube on 3 December 2020. Albert Verdaguer, ICMAB researcher, is part of this group.
Spearheaded by Prof. José Luis Jiménez from the University of Colorado Boulder, the Aireamos group unites 12 different institutions in order to improve our collective response to the coronavirus. Their focus is on ventilation, which they point out is one of the key factors in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Noting that spread by surfaces has been found to be responsible for between 0 and 15% of infection cases, José Luis Jiménez says “if we are very close one another, contagion happens through aerosols […], or if we share the air in the same room”.
The answer to reduce this type of transmission through aerosols and air is to ventilate the rooms we are in, especially in situations where the other measures that we know, like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, become insufficient or hard to apply.
Aireamos is facing aerosol transmission with three kinds of actions:
The official presentation of the platform was performed via the Youtube channel of Fundación Ibercaja on 3 December 2020 and it already counts with more than 2,500 views.
Albert Verdaguer, ICMAB researcher at the Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces Group at ICMAB, is collaborating with the Aireamos project. His team is developing simultaneous research in humidity, temperature, and CO2, to help calibrate the measurements of CO2 sensors and make sure they are reliable under all environmental conditions.
The group also studies the impact of humidity in air on COVID transmission via aerosol, which will help stablish what humidity and temperature conditions are the more appropriate to minimize this kind of transmission.
Members of the Aireamos Platform during the presentation.
Cover image: An open window in an office building by Chris Barbalis