Prof Mark Jermy

Canterbury University

Air hygiene: a new frontier for IPC

Recent recognition that SARS-CoV-2 spreads via small airborne particles is a paradigm shift in IPC thinking and practice. While the IPC community  has extensive experience with how to effectively deal with contaminated surfaces, far less is known about how to manage contaminated air. This presentation will provide an overview of what we’ve learnt about airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, as well as the role of ventilation and air cleaning to manage this risk.

Mark got his BSc Hons. in Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK,  in 1993 and his PhD from the University of Kent, UK, in 1997. He worked for the UK Ministry of Defence and Cranfield University before coming to the University of Canterbury in 2005. He teaches fluid mechanics to engineering undergraduates and forensic scientists. His research mostly concerns particles carried by fluids: potentially infectious droplets and aerosol exhaled by humans, blood droplets at crime scenes, silica particles in geothermal fluids, and fuel droplets in combustors. He has also worked on gas flows in the human upper airway during non-invasive ventilation, and cyclist aerodynamics.



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