Indoor Air Quality: Airborne Disease Measurement, Control, Mitigation and Disinfection

A special issue of Air (ISSN 2813-4168).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2025 | Viewed by 2556

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Interests: air and surface sanitization; bioaerosols; indoor air quality; sustainable building

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Dear Colleagues,

In the past decades, we have suffered from several pandemics such as severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003, swine flu in 2009 and coronavirus disease in 2019. During these pandemics, many people were infected and died, and our social and economic lives were disastrously affected. The spread of these pandemics may also be related to climate change. Collaborative research efforts towards understanding the root causes of airborne diseases such as climate change, indoor environmental health risks and practical solutions to improve indoor environmental quality are vital to prevent and control the next pandemic. Developing energy-effective indoor air quality improvement measures and technologies is also essential, which can help reduce costs, save natural resources and, mostly, achieve carbon neutrality. This Special Issue is open to any subject area relating to airborne disease including measurement, control and disinfection for indoor air quality. Related topics include, but are not limited to, air and surface disinfection and purification; airborne diseases and transmission; assessment and modeling; bioaerosols; climate change; economic impacts and policies; environmental exposure and health risk assessment; indoor air quality; healthcare facilities; occupant perception, acceptance and response; school; sustainable building; and ventilation. Research papers, analytical reviews, case studies, conceptual frameworks and policy-relevant articles are welcome. These research outcomes will help to develop a more resilient, zero-carbon and healthier future.

Dr. Ling Tim Wong
Dr. Veronica Wai Yee Chan
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  • air and surface disinfection and purification
  • airborne diseases and transmission
  • assessment and modeling
  • bioaerosols
  • climate change
  • economic impacts and policies
  • elderly home
  • environmental exposure and health risk assessment
  • indoor air quality
  • healthcare facility
  • occupant perception, acceptance and response
  • school
  • sustainable building
  • ventilation

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Influence of Moisture in Museum Rooms on the State of Microbial Contamination of the Air and Decoration Surfaces: The Example of a 17th Century Monument in the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Warsaw, Poland)
by Bogusław Andres, Izabela Betlej and Wojciech Bagiński
Air 2023, 1(2), 104-124; - 24 Apr 2023
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This article is a case study of museum premises at the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Warsaw, Poland), wetted as a result of a failure of the water supply system to the air conditioning unit located in the attic of [...] Read more.
This article is a case study of museum premises at the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Warsaw, Poland), wetted as a result of a failure of the water supply system to the air conditioning unit located in the attic of the building. As a result of flooding, discoloration and cracks appeared on the plaster and stucco decoration of the ceiling, located mainly in the central part of the ceiling of the King’s Library. The paintings (plafonds) mounted on the ceiling of this room also became damp. The article analyzes the microbiological contamination of air and damp paintings in the context of promptly proceeding with the drying of damp building partitions. The obtained results of microbiological air pollution in the flooded rooms were significantly lower than the permissible values recommended by Interdepartmental Commission for Maximum Admissible Concentrations and Intensities for Agents Harmful to Health in the Working Environment. In the King’s Library, i.e., the room with the dampest plaster and stucco as a result of the accident, the concentration of mold spores in the air was only 15 cfu/m3. This means that the immediate commencement of intensive drying of the building partitions (walls, ceilings with wooden floors) brought very good results. The rapid reduction in the moisture of the building partitions contributed to the worsening conditions for the development of microorganisms, which can have an adverse effect on wooden building partitions, plaster, stucco, etc. Full article
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