February 17, 2021

Press Briefing: Leading Experts Call on Biden Administration to Take Immediate Action Recognizing Inhalation Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to Prevent COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

CONTACT: Susan Marchese,
Managing Director, Communications & Marketing,
AIHA (202) 256-8986

Feb. 16, 2021 (Falls Church, Va.)— Thirteen leading experts in aerosol science, occupational health, and infectious disease have sent a letter to the Biden Administration which calls on the new administration to take immediate action to clearly recognize and limit inhalation exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

AIHA supports the risk-based principles expressed in the letter, consistent with the recently released Joint Consensus Statement on Addressing the Aerosol Transmission of SARSCoV-2 and Recommendations for Preventing Occupational Exposures endorsed by AIHA and several other leading scientific organizations.

AIHA will host a press briefing with the signatories of the letter who will clearly make the case for why immediate action is needed and the consequences of inaction.

  • Press briefing date and time: Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
  • Link to the event registration can be found here.

“As businesses open and workers across many industries return to work, the time is now for our federal agencies to establish comprehensive and practical guidelines addressing worker health and safety. Further delays place workers and their communities at greater risk,” said AIHA CEO Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE.

The letter builds on the Joint Consensus Statement that calls on federal agencies to create specific guidelines for workers and communities related to the aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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    These and other resources are all available on the AIHA Public Resources web page.