Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TitleGuidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsSchoen, P.E., LJ
JournalASHRAE Journal
Date Published05/2020
KeywordsBuilding operation; COVID-19

The HVAC systems in most non-medical buildings play only a small role in infectious disease transmission, including COVID-19. Knowledge is emerging about COVID-19, the virus that causes it (SARS-CoV-2), and how the disease spreads. Reasonable, but not certain, inferences about spread can be drawn from the SARS outbreak in 2003 (a virus genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2) and, to a lesser extent, from transmission of other viruses. Preliminary research has been recently released, due to the urgent need for information, but it is likely to take years to reach scientific consensus.