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Analysis of Air Quality by Ventilation in House in the Framework of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Spain

Version 1 : Received: 24 June 2021 / Approved: 24 June 2021 / Online: 24 June 2021 (12:02:57 CEST)

How to cite: Aguilera-Benito, P.; Piña-Ramirez, C.; Viccione, G.; Lepore, E. Analysis of Air Quality by Ventilation in House in the Framework of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Spain. Preprints 2021, 2021060604 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0604.v1). Aguilera-Benito, P.; Piña-Ramirez, C.; Viccione, G.; Lepore, E. Analysis of Air Quality by Ventilation in House in the Framework of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Spain. Preprints 2021, 2021060604 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0604.v1).

Abstract

After the arrival of a new airborne virus to the world, science is aiming to develop solutions to withstand the spread and contagion of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The most severe among the adopted measures is to remain in home isolation for a significant number of hours per day, in order to avoid the spreading of the infection in an uncontrolled way through public spaces. Recent literature showed that the major route of transmission is via aerosols produced especially in poorly ventilated inner spaces. With regard to contagion rates, accumulated incidence or number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19, Spain has reached very high levels, therefore this article develops a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the requirements established in Spain with respect to the European framework in reference to ventilation parameters indoors. For this, a case study has been analyzed, representing a common residence in current Spanish residential developments. Results show that the criteria established in the applicable regulations are not sufficient to ensure health as well as to avoid contagion by aerosols indoors.

Subject Areas

ventilation; indoor air quality; COVID-19; aerosols; Spain

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