Tackling the Reduction in Airborne Transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus in Mechanical Systems

In May 2018, Fitzemeyer & Tocci published a guide entitled, Infrastructure Design for Reduced Patient Readmissions. At the time, the focus of this guide was to provide the healthcare industry with recommendations, insight, best practices, and examples illustrating how certain investments in infrastructure can help to reduce avoidable patient readmission including methods to reduce airborne-mediated infections. We have revisited those recommendations considering the current COVID-19 crisis, and, as it pertains to reducing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus through mechanical air handling systems.