Last edited 24 Sep 2021

SAGE EMG guidance on ventilation and COVID-19

On 23 October 2020, the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) published an Environmental and Modelling Group (EMG) paper on the Role of ventilation in controlling SARS-CoV-2 transmission. This paper examines public and workplace settings. Ventilation in domestic environments was covered in the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviours (SPI-B) and EMG paper, MHCLG housing impacts paper published on 10 September 2020.

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The paper includes guidelines for better ventilation and indoor air quality in buildings, and introduces proactive measures that should be taken as facilities management teams prepare for employees to return to the workplace.

Recommendations include:

The guidance was updated on 23 December 2020 to reflect the more aggressive variant of COVID-19 that was identified in the UK in late 2020.

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