Harvard Professor Joseph Allen explains how the air in our homes, workplaces, and schools is contributing to disease, poor mental function, and putting us at higher risk for COVID-19. The good news? Solutions can be as simple as opening a window.
Joseph G. Allen, DSc, MPH is Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Director of the Harvard Healthy Buildings Program. See his full bio here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/joseph-allen/
Interviewer: Kyle Allred, Physician Assistant, Producer / Co-Founder of MedCram.com
TOPICS IN THIS VIDEO INCLUDE:
0:00 Interview Highlights
0:47 Introducing Prof. Joseph Allen
1:58 Aerosols vs. droplets: is plexiglass helpful against COVID-19?
3:12 Mask on in office building with barriers every 6 feet?
4:11 Why such little recognition of ventilation and filtration for coronavirus?
6:11 Simple strategies to improve ventilation and filtration at home, office, school
7:59 Why “air changes per hour” is so important, healthy buildings, and sick building syndrome
9:44 Air cleaners and best air purifiers for health and COVID 19 prevention
11:43 Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) for HEPA filters, Best air purifier reviews
14:10 Optimizing masks: type, fit, data
17:06 Mask fitters and N95 fit testing
18:25 Humidity and coronavirus
20:56 Is airplane travel high risk for COVID 19?
23:42 Portable CO2 monitors
26:13 Ventilation and cognitive performance
28:12 Design changes for better indoor health and performance
29:23 Getting kids back to school for in-person learning
33:22 How schools (and homes) can improve their air
35:07 “BPA free” and chemical “whack a mole”
41:29 Final thoughts from Prof. Allen – humans have become an indoor species
(This video was recorded on January 15, 2021)
Healthy Buildings Website | https://forhealth.org (Harvard School of Public Health / J. Allen Et al.)
5 Steps to Checking Ventilation in Classrooms | https://schools.forhealth.org/ventilation-guide
Air Cleaner Calculator | https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NEhk1IEdbEi_b3wa6gI_zNs8uBJjlSS-86d4b7bW098/edit#gid=1882881703 (Harvard- CU Boulder)
Professor Allen’s Book: Healthy Buildings | https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674237971 (also available on Amazon.com)
These toxic chemicals are everywhere — even in your body. And they won’t ever go away | https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/these-toxic-chemicals-are-everywhere-and-they-wont-ever-go-away/2018/01/02/82e7e48a-e4ee-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e_story.html (Joseph Allen – Washington Post)
Inward and outward effectiveness of cloth masks, a surgical mask, and a face shield | https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.18.20233353v1.full-text (MedRxiv – Linsey C. Marr Et al.)
An inexpensive mask “fitter” | https://www.fixthemask.com
Prof. Allen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/j_g_allen
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