System for Preventing Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 in Schools, Offices, and Similar Venues
The invention describes systems to isolate and collect the exhaled aerosols that are the primary mechanism of transmission COVID-19.
The segregation of exhalants enables people to meet together in a shared space and breathe shared air without transmitting pathogens amongst themselves. A set of barriers and vents are configured to corral and collect exhaled air to direct the exhalant (along with its COVID-containing aerosols) to be filtered by purifiers or by a building’s heating, ventilation, and A/C (HVAC) system.
These barriers and vents can make air purifiers and HVAC systems much effective than an arbitrary 6 feet of social distancing. They can also reduce the need to wear masks that can impede communication and be cumbersome in venues such as restaurants and schools.
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Bullister, Edward, "System for Preventing Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 in Schools, Offices, and Similar Venues", Technical Disclosure Commons, (February 09, 2021)