Free CE Webinar, Hosted by GreenHome Institute, COVID-19: Characteristics, Transmission and Control - April 29, 12pm

  • 29 April 2020
  • Start time : 12:00 PM
  • End time : 01:00 PM
  • Event Host : GreenHome Institute
Covid-19: Characteristics, Transmission and Control
Event Description

We are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus-2). Our webinar discusses viruses and recent research in respiratory virus transmission mechanisms. Based on the current understanding of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19 disease transmission in several countries are reviewed as of the end of April. Projections of Covid-19 transmission in the US for the month of May are discussed as plans are made to re-open the country.

Topic Outline

1) Viruses

a. Viruses description
b. Virus transmission, basic Reproduction number, Ro
c. Uncontrolled virus infection spread and vaccinations

2) Respiratory disease transmission mechanisms
a. Direct, indirect, airborne mechanisms
b. Airborne transmission debate
c. Recent research in respiratory disease transmission
d. Ventilation impacts; fresh air, filters, distribution
e. Building Ro and impact of social distancing on probability of infection

3) Covid-19 disease transmission
a. Covid-19 transmission trends in 9 countries through the end of April, 2020
b. Define Infection Parameter, IP, to characterize social distancing of a populace
b. Covid-19 transmission prediction based on IP
c. Predicted paths for US during May based on IP and restarting economy

4) Summary


Learning Objectives:
1) Define viruses and transmission characteristics
2) Describe respiratory virus transmission mechanisms
3) Discuss recent respiratory virus infection transmission research
4) Review Covid-19 infection growth in 9 countries through April 2020
5) Define an Infection Parameter, IP, a measure of “social distancing”
6) Discuss infection growth paths in the US for May 2020 as economy re-opens

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW) 
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • GreenHome Institute
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Ty is a co-owner and co-founder of Build Equinox, a company devoted to inventing technologies for healthy, comfortable and sustainable living. He retired from the University of Illinois in 2007 as an Assistant Dean in the College of Engineering, having advised 70 masters and doctoral graduate students, and is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering. Ty's degrees are in mechanical engineering (BS,'74, University of Michigan and MS/PhD, '78/'80, University of Utah). He has lectured around the world on indoor air quality, comfort, solar energy, building energy efficiency, and resource conservation including keynote addresses at the Solar Energy Society of India's 25th Silver Jubilee in Hyderabad and at the TTMD Conference (Turkish ASHRAE) in Istanbul, Turkey. Ty lives in a 100% solar powered home in Urbana Illinois that features automated fresh air control (CERV), two Electric Vehicles (Ford Focus EV and Ford C-Max Energi, also 100% solar energy powered), and is the first home within an Illinois municipality to be permitted for rainwater harvesting use. Build Equinox is located in a 4500sqft Morton building in Urbana IL that is also 100% solar powered.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
      Free, or optional donation
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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