Project Team

M Pang, OSLUV Executive Director & Founder – engineer with extensive background in manufacturing.

Aaron Collins, OSLUV Founder & Board member, mechanical engineer with a background in aerosol science whose work spans a wide cross-section of engineering disciplines.

David Putrino, PhD, Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mt Sinai Health System, Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai.

Amy Proal, PhD, President/Chief Scientific Officer, PolyBio Research Foundation

Project Summary:

A collaboration with the OSLUV Project to improve the air quality of the Cohen Center for Recovery from Complex Chronic Illness (CoRE). This will include: 1) installation of a germicidal UV system 2) installation of HEPA air filters 3) PCR testing for COVID-19, RSV, and other respiratory infections via Cepheid Xpert Xpress machines 4) use of free N95 respirators provided to patients and staff by the OSLUV Project that will span most-likely fits for various face types and personal preferences. With these risk reduction measures implemented, the overall risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 at CoRE should be lower than the risk of getting hit by lightning.

Project Background: 

As we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic and surges of new SARS-CoV-2 variants, protection from the virus and other respiratory pathogens and pollutants is of critical importance. This is partly because millions of people survive COVID-19 only to develop debilitating chronic symptoms that cost them their wellbeing and often their livelihoods. These patients— diagnosed with Long COVID —make up 5% to 15% of working Americans. The Cohen Center for Recovery from Complex Chronic Illness (CoRE) treats patients with LongCOVID and other complex chronic illnesses often initiated by infection. It is imperative that such patients can access care in spaces where they feel safe and do not have to fear reinfection. 

OSLUV Founder Aaron Collins uses a Cepheid Xpert Express machine for COVID-19 PCR testing.

CoRE is consequently working the OSLUV Project to add HEPA filters and occupant safe, whole room germicidal UV devices to its building to clear airborne viruses and other aerosols from the air, and require N95 respirator use and regular COVID PCR testing from its staff. This infrastructure can be easily replicated at other clinical centers. The OSLUV Project is a 501c3 non-profit committed to providing equitable access to clean indoor air and the technologies that enable it. The founders are passionate advocates for clean indoor air, and ensuring those that have been most impacted by the pandemic have access to the best tools to limit transmission of airborne diseases.