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Follow the most recent and relevant research from the Healthy Buildings Program that relates to coronavirus and infectious disease, as well as relevant contributions relating to infectious disease and the built environment.

Feb 15, 2021
Key Findings – PFAS Chemicals in Fire Station Dust
The dust samples from turnout gear locker areas had higher levels of several PFAS than the dust from the station living areas, and those PFAS were also detected on the turnout gear based on the wipe samples. Turnout gear may be an important source of exposure to certain PFAS for firefighters. View Research
Feb 5, 2021
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and total fluorine in fire station dust
Turnout gear may be an important PFAS source in stations due to intentional additives and/or contamination from firefighting activities. View Research
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Nov 16, 2020
Updates to the Risk Reduction Strategies For Reopening Schools Report
The updated version of this document was released in November 2020 to address new scientific research results that have been published since the original document was released in June 2020 and to improve clarity in several instances. View Research
COVID-19 Schools
Jun 24, 2020
Schools For Health: Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools
Scientific evidence indicates that risks to students and staff can be kept low if schools adhere to strict control measures and dynamically respond to potential COVID-19 outbreaks. View Research
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Jun 23, 2020
Another Pathway for Firefighter Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Firefighter Textiles
Firefighter turnout gear was found to have high levels of total fluorine (up to 2%). Individual PFAS were identified and measured on new and used firefighting turnout gear. Because PFAS shed from turnout gear fabric are more mobile, they represent another viable exposure source for firefighters that warrants further study. View Research
Apr 30, 2020
What Makes an Office Building “Healthy”
In the post-Covid-19 world, buildings will be seen as a first line of defense against disease. Re-populating office spaces must rely on following a hierarchy of controls to minimize risk of exposure, and building performance is at the center of the equation. View Research
Healthy Buildings Infection Control
Mar 10, 2020
Measles Transmission in US Schools: Impact of Vaccines and Infection Control Strategies
The transmission risk for measles is 70 times higher among unvaccinated students. However, additional significant risk reduction is achieved through building-related infection control strategies. View Research
COVID-19 Infection Control
Dec 3, 2019
Residential Environment and Undergraduate Student Health
An increase in available dorm space resulted in a decrease in upper respiratory infections for occupants. View Research
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Aug 31, 2019
Health Implications of Microbial Exchange via Fomites
Fomites remain an important mechanism of transmission of many microbes in the built environment. View Research
Infection Control
Aug 16, 2019
Effects of biophilic interventions in office on stress reaction and cognitive function
Participants in three spaces with biophilic elements had consistently lower level of physiological stress indicators and higher creativity scores. View Research
Biophilic Design
May 1, 2019
Going Biophilic, Living and Working in Biophilic Buildings
This chapter discusses the green building movement and the challenges and opportunities it represents, with lessons that can be learned and are generalizable to urban health scholarship and action worldwide. View Research
Biophilic Design
Apr 13, 2017
Flame Retardant Chemicals in College Dormitories
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Jun 1, 2016
Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals – but there’s a solution
Cognitive function scores were significantly better under Green+ building conditions than in the Conventional building conditions for all nine functional domains. These findings have wide-ranging implications because this study was designed to reflect conditions that are commonly encountered every day in many indoor environments. View Research
Dec 1, 2013
HVAC filtration for controlling infectious airborne disease transmission indoors
HVAC filtration appears as an effective approach to control influenza infection, which can be more cost-effective than outdoor air ventilation. View Research
Infection Control
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