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How airborne diseases spread and how we can stop them

Sign up to attend the next Minerva Series Lecture on Wednesday 6 December, 6-7pm 2023 online through Zoom.

Airborne respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis, Covid and flu are all transmitted the same way: the disease is carried in tiny particles called aerosols, which we breathe out constantly – especially when speaking loudly or singing. The particles are small enough to float in the air like smoke, and if someone has the disease, their exhaled aerosols contain the pathogen, and can infect someone who breathes them in. We stop the disease spreading by stopping people inhaling infected aerosols.

In this talk, we will discuss how aerosols behave, how we can reduce the spread of diseases indoors, and how ventilation, filtration, distancing, masking and other technologies can play a role.

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In our age of information, the world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Societal shifts, coupled with great leaps in science and technology, are shaping the future for us all.

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Find out about our lectures and register to attend online. All lectures in the Minerva Series start at 6.00pm and are free to attend.

Find out about our lectures and register to attend. All lectures in the Minerva Series start at 6.00pm and are free to attend. The next lecture is How airborne diseases spread and how we can stop them on Wednesday 6 December.

The Minerva Lecture Series is back for its 2023 programme and now features a mix of online and in person events, hosted both at the University and in community venues in Bath and the surrounding area.

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