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COVID-19

A Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

We have long known that buildings play a critical role in infectious disease transmission. They need to be part of the coronavirus conversation, too.

We want to bring your attention to what you can do right now. Healthy building environments can play an important role in combating the spread of infectious disease, including coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Read about the latest recommendations from trusted sources and the research we’ve conducted on the connection between the buildings where we live and work and infectious disease.

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Homes for Health: COVID-19

Overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 takes a global effort. Your participation in our study can help us understand how behaviors at home can defend against COVID-19 transmission. Whether you’ve had or haven’t had coronavirus symptoms, please consider taking our 15-minute survey. If you haven’t been sick, you may be eligible to continue participating in our prospective follow-up study of new symptom occurrences in your home.

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What You Can Do

How To: Practice Safe Elevator Etiquette
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How To: Stay S.M.A.R.T.
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How To: Travel Safely
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How To: Get Back to Work
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How To: Clean Your Indoor Air
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How To: Take Public Transportation
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How To: Safely go Grocery Shopping
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How To: Accept a Package
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How To: Wear a Mask
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How To: Disinfect Your Electronics
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Basics of COVID-19 Prevention
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Public Transportation
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In The News

Jun 3, 2020
Harvard Business School: Who Guarantees Your Workplace is Safe for Return?
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May 28, 2020
MSNBC: Identifying airborne transmission of the coronavirus
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May 26, 2020
Washington Post: We cannot keep ignoring the possibility of airborne transmission. Here’s how to address it.
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Relevant Research

Apr 30, 2020
What Makes an Office Building “Healthy”
In the post-Covid-19 world, buildings will be seen as a first line of defense against disease. Re-populating office spaces must rely on following a hierarchy of controls to minimize risk of exposure, and building performance is at the center of the equation.
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Some Voices We Trust

Joseph G. Allen

Healthy Buildings and Exposure and Risk Expert; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michelle Williams

Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Marc Lipsitch

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Ashish Jha

Healthcare Systems Researcher, Director; Harvard Global Health Institute

Francesca Dominici

Data Scientist; Co-Director Harvard Data Science

Caroline Buckee

Infectious Disease Epidemiologist; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michael Mina

Epidemiologist, Immunologist & Physician; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Linsey Marr

Environmental Engineer, Infectious Disease Researcher; Virginia Tech

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