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Air, Ventilation, & Viruses: Working To Prevent The Next Pandemic

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A sign at the host stand by the door of Steamworks Brewing in Durango reminds patrons of face mask and social distancing requirements in place in the restaurant, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

Jose-Luis Jimenez is a chemistry professor from the University of Colorado Boulder who studies airborne viruses. And, here's one thing he says about COVID-19 that might surprise you:  He argues disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of the virus is "Hygiene Theater." He says that to avoid another pandemic, air needs to be regulated, just like food and water.