[This article belongs to Volume - 54, Issue - 06]
Gongcheng Kexue Yu Jishu/Advanced Engineering Science
Journal ID : AES-18-08-2022-285

Title : Combatting Infectious Diseases; A design proposal for a sustainable clinic unit in the era of the airborne COVID-19 pandemic
Mirette Asser Esmat, Yostina Yacoub, Rania Rushdy Moussa,

Abstract : A devastating threat shocked the world around the end of 2019 when the exceedingly transmittable novel SARS virus, commonly known as COVID-19 transformed from a trifling outbreak in Wuhan, China, into a global pandemic that remains unpredictable and immensely damaging to public health. In Egypt, the first reported case of COVID-19 was in Luxor around February 2020. Later, by March, the World Health Organization (WHO) had issued a statement declaring that all global hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities were suffering from the rapid spread of the airborne virus among the medical staff. During this period, a distressing global paradigm started to appear as many medical team members lost their lives after being infected by their healthcare facilities. Therefore, this paper aims to propose an ideal design prototype for clinics to be adopted in the New Administrative Capital in Egypt, focusing on the nature of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 through adopting a series of strategies that ensure separate circulation between the patients and doctors, regular ventilation and facilitate the sterilization process. The proposed design is easy to construct and repeat several times for further expansion due to its unique form generation. Additionally, other considerations are taken into account within the clinic prototype to ensure a holistic design approach, for instance: the façade design, interior design, furniture design and the integration of artificial intelligence throughout the clinic to advocate for a contact-free experience. The design proposal is flexible for recreation and adoption in areas with similar properties as that of Egypt.