Transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the real world: understanding environmental and behavioural influences
The PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment is hosting a session at the International Festival of Public Health, hosted free and online by The University of Manchester, at 12.30 – 2.00pm on Wednesday 21 July.
Chair: Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser, Health and Safety Executive
This session will showcase work from the PROTECT COVID-19 National Core Study on transmission and environment. Funded by the UK Government and led by the Health and Safety Executive, the PROTECT study is improving our understanding of how the numerous variable factors present in the real world – from human behaviour to the physical environment – interact with the COVID-19 virus to influence the rate of transmission. The findings have important implications for the approaches we take to minimise transmission while getting society back closer to ‘normal’, so this session will be of interest to public health practitioners and policymakers as well as researchers. The session will include three speakers discussing on-the-ground outbreak investigations, agent-based modelling, and work-related risk.
Speakers and presentations
- Professor Martie Van-Tongeren, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester – Work-related risk of COVID-19: preliminary findings of the PROTECT study. View a pdf version of Prof Van-Tongeren’s presentation.
- Dr Elizabeth Brickley, Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Adanna Ewuzie, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – COVID-OUT: COVID-19 outbreak investigations to understand workplace transmission in the United Kingdom. View a pdf version of Dr Brickley’s presentation.
- Dr Nick Warren, Principal Statistician, Health and Safety Executive – Agent-based modelling of workplace transmission of SARS-CoV-2. View a pdf version of Dr Warren’s presentation.