This brief summarizes research on two measures that reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 from an infected person to a virus-free individual. Semi-partitioned spaces can reduce airborne disease transmission when combined with a proper ventilation flow pattern in a room. With advanced displacement ventilation risk can be reduced by at least 4 times.

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covid research, healthy buildings, partitions, displacement ventilation


Acoustics, Dynamics, and Controls | Architectural Engineering | Architectural Technology | Energy Systems | Environmental Design | Environmental Public Health | Interior Architecture



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This document was revised on February 19, 2021.



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