Frontrunner project: Predicting, measuring and quantifying airborne virus transmission

The next pandemic will likely emerge from one of the large and well-known families of respiratory viruses. Measuring the extent to which these viruses can spread via small droplets, large droplets, or direct contact is crucial. However, measuring and quantifying airborne viruses is notoriously difficult. Numerous external factors are of influence, including temperature and humidity levels. If we gain a greater understanding of the route of transmission of respiratory viruses, we can work on strategies to reduce that spread.


In this Frontrunner project, we will develop methods for predicting, measuring and quantifying the spread of airborne viruses. These methods could ultimately result in new and improved mitigation strategies.


In four related subprojects, we improve methods for measuring air quality and disinfecting the air. These methods will be adapted for indoor environments and tested in hospitals and nursing homes. We explore four significant families of respiratory viruses and link the data to ventilation and air conditioning effectiveness.