New CARE-C project to develop a Bioaerosol Network aimed at detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2

New CARE-C project to develop a Bioaerosol Network aimed at detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2

Source: https://emme-care.cyi.ac.cy/new-care-c-project-to-develop-a-bioaerosol-network-aimed-at-detecting-the-presence-of-sars-cov-2/ July 2020 Researchers of the Climate and Atmosphere Research Center of the Cyprus Institute and the Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics, in collaboration with the Nicosia General Hospital, and with the support of the Republic of Cyprus’ Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interiors, are developing and evaluating the benefits of implementing an easy-to-operate Bioaerosol Network aimed at detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, within indoor atmospheric environments. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the value of a “Bioaerosol Network” for monitoring the presence of airborne SARS-CoV-2 within large indoor public areas (such as shops, offices, residential buildings and others). This is to alert on the potential risk of local contamination, and allow for immediate mitigation actions (such as shutdowns and disinfections). If operated continuously, such bioaerosol networks could act as early warning systems to geolocate the presence of new infectious clusters, information which is strategic for combating the large-scale spreading of the virus. According to...
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These are the best ways to tackle air pollution and climate change together

These are the best ways to tackle air pollution and climate change together

Source: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/best-ways-tackle-air-pollution-climate-change-together/  06 Jul 2020 Richard Fuller Electrifying public transport is one way to lower both air pollution and carbon emissions Image: REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido  Prevailing wisdom holds that measures to tackle air pollution will also tackle climate change, and vice versa - but this is not always the case.A new report has identified the most effective interventions for addressing both issues at once. When we look at air pollution and climate change, we see two dire situations: 1. People, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), are becoming ill and dying prematurely because of the poor quality of the air they breathe. Air pollution is linked to an estimated 4.2 million premature deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization.   When indoor air quality is considered, that number rises by an estimated 2.9 to 4.3 million deaths a year, according to The Lancet Commission.  2. Glacial ice is melting, droughts are becoming more prolonged, extreme weather events are more common, and cities around the world are reporting...
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