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Face Masks Cut Distance Airborne Pathogens Could Travel in Half, New Study Finds

January 12, 2022
The effectiveness of face masks has been a hotly debated topic since the emergence of COVID-19. However, a new study by researchers at the University of Central Florida offers more evidence that they work. In a study appearing today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the researchers found that face masks reduce the distance airborne […]

UCF Researchers Identify Food Products That Could Reduce COVID Transmission

September 21, 2021
Face masks and social distancing are both well-known ways to keep airborne pathogens, like COVID-19, at bay, but University of Central Florida researchers Michael Kinzel and Kareem Ahmed are working on a possible new one — a combination of food products that alters people’s saliva. The concept is based on new work from the researchers […]

UCF Study Shows Masks, Ventilation Stop COVID Spread Better than Social Distancing

April 5, 2021
A new study from the University of Central Florida suggests that masks and a good ventilation system are more important than social distancing for reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19 in classrooms. The research, published recently in the journal Physics of Fluids, comes at a critical time when schools and universities are considering returning to […]

Researchers Identify Features That Could Make Someone a Virus Super-Spreader

November 30, 2020
New research from the University of Central Florida has identified physiological features that could make people super-spreaders of viruses such as COVID-19. In a study appearing this month in the journal Physics of Fluids, researchers in UCF’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering used computer-generated models to numerically simulate sneezes in different types of people […]

Awards Presented to Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Projects for COVID-19 Research

September 10, 2020
Five research teams using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data have been awarded a total of $185,000 to conduct COVID-19-related research. Establishing the awards was the first act of UCF’s new Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Initiative announced this summer. The intent of the program is to seed the development of research projects that use these […]