The UIA has addressed a letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in support of the statement from 239 scientists, urging recognition of scientific evidence to suggest that COVID-19 spreads indoors, via aerosolized particles.
Additionally, over 670 built environment experts from 47 countries have come together in a further collective letter and petition supported by the UIA, also addressed to the WHO, urging public health leaders to adopt indoor environment best practices proven to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Sent to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the collective letter incites the WHO to work with built environment experts to develop guidance for integrated design and operation solutions as a critical part of the defense path for limiting COVID-19 exposure.
“The UIA joins in calling for further research on the role of indoor air in the spread and aerosolization of pathogens, and collaboration on developing design guidelines and solutions that are supported by scientific evidence. The WHO could have pivotal influence in developing and promulgating building-based solutions that help to thwart the spread of COVID-19.” Thomas Vonier, President, International Union of Architects (UIA)