Due to our inability to meet in person, the Northwest Chapter presented a timely webinar on April 28 for members of the Chapter as well as members of the local AIHA Chapter.
Dr. Lisa M. Brosseau, ScD, CIH gave a terrific presentation on COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission & Implications for Masks and Respirators.
This presentation expanded on a March 16, 2020 CIDRAP Commentary: “COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science,” which outlined the evidence supporting the biological plausibility of COVID-19 transmission by close-range aerosol inhalation. There is now additional evidence for aerosol generation from asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals, aerosol transmission in relevant animal models, presence of virus in surface and air samples, and elucidation of tissue and cellular receptors for SARS- CoV-2. Dr. Brosseau then discussed the role of masks (cloth and surgical) and respirators in the protection of workers from COVID-19, exploring what we know about filter performance and face piece fit in the context of inhalable infectious aerosols.
We had 254 register for the event and eventually had 190 folks on the Zoom meeting. Wow!
Although this was provided as a free event, lots of participants generously donated to Minnesota Central Kitchen that is working with Second Harvest Heartland to provide meals to those affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We raised just under $800.00 for this worthy cause. Thank you!!
And a special thanks goes out to 3M for providing both their Zoom platform and their technical support to make this event a great success!
UPDATE: Scott Huberty was able to partner with a organization that matched our donation to Minnesota Central Kitchen. Thanks Scott and thanks to all Chapter members who donated!!