Is indoor dining safe? Five health experts weigh in.

Many states, like North Carolina, have kept indoor dining open, even as COVID-19 continue to explode. (Nathan Bingle/) This story originally featured on The Conversation. Earlier this fall, many of the nation’s restaurants opened their doors to patrons to eat inside, especially as the weather turned cold in places. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge across […]

Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for cleaner indoor air

Here are some of the best air purifiers you can get for any room. (Coway/) The air we breathe is filled with tiny particles of every shape and size. Some are invisible to the naked eye, and others can be seen with bright light. But all of the components of these particles—dust, dander, pollen, mold, […]

Airflow studies reveal strategies to reduce indoor transmission of COVID-19

Simulation of pedestrian counterflow (red and pink particles) confined within a hallway (blue boundary), under conditions of weak social distancing. Credit: Kelby Kramer and Gerald J. Wang Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Avoid large gatherings. As the world awaits a safe and effective vaccine, controlling the COVID-19 pandemic hinges on widespread compliance with […]

Airflow studies reveal strategies to reduce indoor transmission of COVID-19

IMAGE: Simulation of pedestrian counterflow (red and pink particles) confined within a hallway (blue boundary), under conditions of weak social distancing. view more  Credit: Kelby Kramer and Gerald J. Wang VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Avoid large gatherings. As the world awaits a safe and effective vaccine, […]

Teen contracts ‘hot tub lung’ from indoor swimming pool

Severe breathing difficulties sent a 17-year-old in Queensland, Australia, to the emergency room with “hot tub lung” — inflammation caused by inhaling microbes in steam, usually contracted from hot tubs.  But the teen picked up the lung infection not from a hot tub, but from his family’s humid indoor swimming pool, after they started using […]

Does classroom indoor environmental quality affect teaching and learning?

IMAGE: A new study published in Indoor Air indeicates that indoor environmental quality can affect short-term students’ academic performance, with a preference for a relatively cool, bright, and quiet environment and… view more  Credit: H.W. Brink What impact does a classroom’s indoor environment have on teaching, learning, and students’ academic achievement in colleges and universities? This […]