System for on-site detection of virus-loaded aerosol
Project team Domitilla Del Vecchio with Huifeng Du, Simone Bruno, and Kalon Overholt
Infectious disease Posing a continuous risk
Early detection of airborne threats
Guide managers On facility safety
Rapid samples of indoor air quality
With major medical epidemics happening every 2-6 years, the spread of infectious disease poses a continuous risk. The global medical community advocates taking steps to reduce the possibility of airborne transmission of viruses. This project focuses on making a device to sample the air of an indoor environment and detect the presence and concentration of a target virus on-site. This device will serve for early detection of high-risk biological threats and for everyday assessment of common pathogen levels. It will guide facility managers on the optimum operation of HVAC systems to save energy and maintain occupant safety.