UNB opens lab focused on researching viral spread in long-term care facilities

July 12, 2021
The University of New Brunswick has opened a $420K lab at Saint John’s Loch Lomond Villa that will be used to research how viruses spread within long-term care facilities. The lab simulates a double-resident room, and includes breathing and talking mannequins and a two-way mirror for observation. Researchers will use the lab to replicate a variety of long-term care scenarios in order to develop, test, and implement risk mitigation countermeasures. “We’re going to be able to create some scenarios and really identify where the risks are for the spread of pathogens and what we can do to mitigate those risks,” said project lead Dr Rose McCloskey. Global News | CBC (NB)