“COVID-19: The Second Wave” 3-Part Webinar Series

In our ongoing effort to provide you with the latest research related to COVID-19 and protection of the built environment, we look forward to presenting “COVID-19: The Second Wave,” a three-part webinar series beginning Thursday, Nov. 12.


These one-hour webinar events will take place once a month through January 2021. Each webinar will address new and emerging science related to the transmission of COVID-19 and how that translates into best practices for cleaning professionals.



The schedule for CIRI’s 2020-21 “COVID-19: The Second Wave” webinar series is as follows:



WEBINAR 1: “Surface Hygiene and the Second Wave," presented by Dr. Greg Whiteley, Chairman, Whiteley Corporation; Adjunct Fellow, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. This webinar will take place on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. EST.

The second wave or the third wave – which is it? The COVID-19 pandemic is taking off again all over the northern hemisphere because it is pragmatically a winter virus. However, much of the focus for cleaning and restoration professionals has been on disinfecting—but what about cleaning? Are many missing the most critical step in the effort to contain the virus?


During this session, participants will learn:


  • The most up-to-date scientific information on cleaning and hygiene relative to SARS-CoV-2.
  • How the virus can hide in soils, along with important facts and mistakes to avoid when cleaning and disinfecting for COVID-19.
  • Practical “how-to” style information to assist those whose responsibility it is to achieve clean and hygienic outcomes.



WEBINAR 2: “How to Validate Strategies that Minimize Transmission of COVID-19," presented by Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Director of the Indoor Air Quality Research Program at the University of Tulsa. This webinar is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

During this session, we will review:


  • The importance of cleaning for a healthy indoor environment, especially during COVID-19.
  • How to evaluate and understand metrics to validate cleaning effectiveness.
  • The critical importance of a multi-pronged strategy to address lowering risk of transmission.
  • The significance of cleaning, distancing, masks, ventilation, filtration, air cleaning devices, and risks related to resuspension — and how all of those elements are interrelated.
  • Why we need to include “balance” to a layered risk reduction approach to SARS-CoV-2.



WEBINAR 3: "Viruses and Dust in the Indoor Environment and the Impact of Cleaning," presented by Dr. Karen Dannemiller, Assistant Professor College of Engineering, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University. This webinar is scheduled for January 26 at 3:00 p.m. EST.


We spend 90% of our time indoors, and viral transmission of COVID-19 is more likely to occur in the indoor compared to the outdoor environment. This session will describe aspects of exposure pathways for viral transmission indoors and the role of cleaning.


During this sessions, participants will learn:


  • What are the major sources of microbial exposure in the indoor environment
  • How viruses can travel through the air and persist on different types of surfaces
  • What is known about the efficiency of different cleaning techniques
  • Strategies to reduce exposure to the virus during cleaning



Each webinar will target a different area of transmission, look closely at the current research, and discuss cleaning and related strategies to mitigate risk. Cleaning for health, CIRI’s focus since it was established more than 15 years ago, has never been so real or so important as it is today.


“An incredible amount of research into SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 has been completed and is ongoing since the start of the pandemic,” said John Downey, CIRI Executive Director. “It’s vital that cleaning and restoration professionals learn ways to apply the research in practical ways to guide best practices.”


Video recordings will be available for those who register but are unable to attend the webinars live. Continuing education credits are available for each webinar and attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.


In March, CIRI hosted “COVID-19 and Pandemic Preparedness: Science-Based Solutions for Service Providers,” a full-day virtual symposium attended by more than 1,000 cleaning and restoration professionals. To learn more about this event and sign up to watch the video recordings, click here.


Registration cost for the entire “COVID-19: The Second Wave” series of three webinars is $199 for non-CIRI members; individual webinars are $99 each. CIRI members can attend for the discounted rate of $99 for the series or $49 per webinar.


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