Aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2? Evidence, prevention and control.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

As public health teams respond to the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), containment and understanding of the modes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission is of utmost importance for policy making. During this time, governmental agencies have been instructing the community on handwashing and physical distancing measures. However, there is no agreement on the role of aerosol transmission for SARS-CoV-2. To this end, we aimed to review the evidence of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Several studies support that aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is plausible, and the plausibility score (weight of combined evidence) is 8 out of 9. Precautionary control strategies should consider aerosol transmission for effective mitigation of SARS-CoV-2.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tang, S; Mao, Y; Jones, RM; Tan, Q; Ji, JS; Li, N; Shen, J; Lv, Y; Pan, L; Ding, P; Wang, X; Wang, Y; MacIntyre, CR; Shi, X

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 144 /

Start / End Page

  • 106039 -

PubMed ID

  • 32822927

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7413047

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6750

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-4120

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106039


  • eng