COVID-19 and DSC
The DSC has been very active in helping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The IH program has been working with UAB Hospital to set up a testing system for checking the efficiency of N95 filtering face-piece masks after being decontaminated with silver ion-based hydrogen peroxide vapor.
At the solicitation of US Senator Richard Shelby’s office, Dr. Lungu provided information regarding the parameters needed for producing and testing N95 type masks in the state of Alabama. He also informed the office of the resources available within the DSC such as technical support and advice from the researchers, students and staff in the fight against COVID-19.
The DSC also played an active role within the School of Public Health at UAB, with both Allyn Holladay, Deputy Director and Director of CE and Outreach and Paulisha Holt, Outreach Director, participating in several COVID-19 driven committees to assure best practices for a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty and staff as they returned to campus.
Finally, the Alabama Nursing Home Association came to the DSC for training in Respiratory Protection. This was a state-wide effort that provided best practices and fit testing for over 400 professionals.