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Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality.
Environ Int. 2020 06; 139:105730.EI

Abstract

Hand washing and maintaining social distance are the main measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, these measured do not prevent infection by inhalation of small droplets exhaled by an infected person that can travel distance of meters or tens of meters in the air and carry their viral content. Science explains the mechanisms of such transport and there is evidence that this is a significant route of infection in indoor environments. Despite this, no countries or authorities consider airborne spread of COVID-19 in their regulations to prevent infections transmission indoors. It is therefore extremely important, that the national authorities acknowledge the reality that the virus spreads through air, and recommend that adequate control measures be implemented to prevent further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in particularly removal of the virus-laden droplets from indoor air by ventilation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH), School of Earth of Atmospheric Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia. Electronic address: l.morawska@qut.edu.au.Key Lab of Aerosol Chemistry & Physics (KLACP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32294574

Citation

Morawska, Lidia, and Junji Cao. "Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the World Should Face the Reality." Environment International, vol. 139, 2020, p. 105730.
Morawska L, Cao J. Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Environ Int. 2020;139:105730.
Morawska, L., & Cao, J. (2020). Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Environment International, 139, 105730. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105730
Morawska L, Cao J. Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: the World Should Face the Reality. Environ Int. 2020;139:105730. PubMed PMID: 32294574.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. AU - Morawska,Lidia, AU - Cao,Junji, Y1 - 2020/04/10/ PY - 2020/04/03/received PY - 2020/04/07/revised PY - 2020/04/07/accepted PY - 2020/4/16/pubmed PY - 2020/6/10/medline PY - 2020/4/16/entrez KW - Airborne infection spread KW - Airborne transmission KW - COVID-19 KW - Coronavirus KW - Infections transmission KW - SARS-CoV-2 virus SP - 105730 EP - 105730 JF - Environment international JO - Environ Int VL - 139 N2 - Hand washing and maintaining social distance are the main measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, these measured do not prevent infection by inhalation of small droplets exhaled by an infected person that can travel distance of meters or tens of meters in the air and carry their viral content. Science explains the mechanisms of such transport and there is evidence that this is a significant route of infection in indoor environments. Despite this, no countries or authorities consider airborne spread of COVID-19 in their regulations to prevent infections transmission indoors. It is therefore extremely important, that the national authorities acknowledge the reality that the virus spreads through air, and recommend that adequate control measures be implemented to prevent further spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in particularly removal of the virus-laden droplets from indoor air by ventilation. SN - 1873-6750 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32294574/Airborne_transmission_of_SARS_CoV_2:_The_world_should_face_the_reality_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0160-4120(20)31254-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -