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Hear This Idea
Nov 4, 2023
#72 – Richard Bruns on Indoor Air Quality
Play • 1 hr 48 min

Dr Richard Bruns is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and before that was a Senior Economist at the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA).

In this episode we talk about the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ), and how to improve it. Including:

  • Estimating the DALY cost of unclean indoor air from pathogens and particulate matter
  • How much pandemic risk could be reduced from improving IAQ?
  • How economists convert health losses into dollar figures — and how not to put a price on life
  • Key interventions to improve IAQ
  • Air filtration
  • Germicidal UV light (especially Far-UVC light)
    • Barriers to adoption, including UV smog and empirical studies needed most
  • National and state-level policy changes to get these interventions adopted widely

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