COVID-19 selected outreach and policy involvement

Thursday, October 1, 2020

(The below is a selection of recent educational/outreach/policy contributions related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.)

Transmission of respiratory diseases: Materials,  news and updates

On Routes of Transmission (2014 - now 2020):

TEDMED (2018) Talk - Bourouiba, L. On routes of transmission and false dichotomy in how routes of respiratory disease transmission are defined, also here.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, March 2020) article: Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions: Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19

With associated of exhalation cloud reaching 7-8 meters Video

Epidemic Podcast (March): A False Dichotomy: Airborne versus Droplet /Roxanne Kharsmi and Lydia Bourouiba (transcript here)

WIRED (March), discussion of the Bourouiba Lab's work on the false dichotomy of routes of transmission of respiratory diseases They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

The Scientist: How Our Exhalations Help Spread Pathogens Such as SARS-CoV-2

National Geographic - Science Coronavirus coverage: routes of transmission

FOX News (April) - Research outcomes and implications for COVID-19

NBC4  News (April) - on Social Distancing

Bourouiba Group Youtube Media on Respiratory Disease Transmission

US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Virtual Workshop: Prof. Bourouiba's talk here. (slides copyright (c) Bourouiba 2020) and Panel Discussion on What Size Droplets/Aerosols Are Generated by People and How Do They Spread in Air? here.

Bourouiba Group Research Highlighted in ‘Die Abstandsregel in Zeiten von Corona’, by Prof. Detlef Lohse, in German, in the May issue of ‘Physik Journal’, of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society). With English Translation here.

Dr. Oz On changes of guidelines of CDC about routes of transmission and role of ventillation (October)


On Physical Distancing and Transmission (July to now 2020):

The British Medical Journal (BMJ, July 2020): Two meters or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in COVID-19?

Washington Post: Six feet may not be enough to protect against coronvirus, experts warn.

Business Insider: The 6-foot social-distancing rule is based on nearly 80-year-old science. Scientists at MIT and Oxford have created a traffic-light system to use instead.

BBC The Evidence - Transmission:  Panel of international experts (including Prof. Bourouiba) discuss the latest research into Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus which is sweeping through the world and role of relative risk assessments. Prof. Bourouiba also discusses the need for integrated approaches for transmission mitigation, safety in airplanes, and the role that fluid dynamics can play to help re-opening society in the Fall.

BBC NEWS Brasil: Covid-19: tabela ajuda a avaliar risco de infecção cada vez que você vai a um evento social

BBC NEWS World  - Spanish Covid-19: el gráfico que te ayuda a evaluar el riesgo de contagio cada vez que vas a una reunión social


On Masks and Transmission (April - now 2020):

Journal of Infectious Diseases (JID, April 2020) article: Airborne or Droplet Precautions for Health Workers Treating Coronavirus Disease 2019?

 The Atlantic: Everyone thinks they're right about masks: How the coronavirus travels through the air has become one of the most divisive debates in this pandemic.

USAToday Illustration: Coronavirus might spread much farther than 6 feet in the air. CDC says wear a mask in public

BBC News on impact of our work on discussion of masks for the general public.

BBC NEWS on how our work contributed to the change of policy on public face mask wearing.

Toronto Star - Investigations: Why did Canada drag its feet on N95 advice? Some experts say it’s because we had none to spare? PDF.

The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission part of the Greater Boston Pandemic Fabrication Team.


Genereal Discussions and Re-Opening in time of COVID19:

Safer Wrokspace: The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory teams up with Steelcase to help create safer workspaces

Oxford-MIT Evidence Review: What is the evidence to support the 2-metre social distancing rule to reduce COVID-19 transmission? Joint effort between The MIT Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission and The Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

NBC News panel with Drs. David Heymann, Trudie Lang, Sian Griffiths, and Lydia Bourouiba



TEDMED 2018 Talk - Bourouiba, L. on routes of transmission and false dichotomy of respiratory disaese transmission

Nature - New Feature (2016) How far exhalations really spread

Feature in Science Translational Medicine (2016) Fluid dynamics of disease transmission

New England Journal of Medicine  (2016) International Media Coverage