Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in crowded, close-contact, and poorly ventilated indoor spaces is of increased concern with the emergence of the highly infectious Delta variant. As more people return to the workplace, layered control measures must continue to be taken to mitigate the spread of the virus. Ventilation and particulate matter (PM) removal within elevators is not well understood. Employees, particularly those with disabilities, may not be able to return to work without the use of elevators, especially in densely populated cities with buildings spanning dozens of floors. This presentation will focus on ventilation inside elevator cabins, the effectiveness of several control measures to remove PM, and the implications for elevator use.
Michael Kado, MPH
Michael is a doctoral student in Industrial Hygiene at UC Berkeley School of Public Health Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his MPH in Industrial Hygiene from UC Berkeley as well as a BS in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. His research interests focus on understanding the implications of ventilation on exposure to PM in crowded occupational settings during a pandemic, assessing the implementation and mitigation effectiveness of plexiglass barriers against SARS-CoV-2 transmission for frontline workers, and assessing occupational exposures within emerging recycling industries.