Abstract for: A system dynamics analysis about the relationship between ventilation and the spread of COVID-19 in indoor spaces

Our work presents a model still under development that captures the relationship between three key areas in connection to the management of airborne disease indoor transmission. These are: 1) ventilation characteristics, 2) infectious pathogen characteristics, and 3) required social activity. With our model, we expect to provide a learning platform for evaluating the effects of adjusting variables in order to create a COVID-19 safe indoor environment. Questions that can be answered by the use of our models are, for example, 1) for how long can the room be considered safe given level of activity and ventilation system, 2) what standards must be met by a ventilation system, and 3) what physical activities can be carried out in room given a specific ventilation system.