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Could Fighting Airborne Transmission be the Next Line of Defence against COVID-19 Spread?

Kumar, Prashant and Morawska, Lidia (2020) Could Fighting Airborne Transmission be the Next Line of Defence against COVID-19 Spread? City and Environment Interactions, 4, 100033.

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The World Health Organisation declared the infectious spread of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) an epidemic during its initial outbreak in Wuhan (China) and has since declared it a pandemic and, more recently, an endemic infection that may remain in our communities. A vaccine for COVID-19 is expected to take several months, meaning that the spread may continue in future, in the absence of the most effective measures of social distancing and self-isolation. While these measures have worked well under lockdowns, the potential of airborne transmission of COVID-19 under the eased restrictions has not been considered important enough. We discuss the need to acknowledge the airborne spread of COVID-19 inside built spaces under eased movement restrictions and the potential steps that can be taken to control it.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Morawska, Lidia
Date : 23 May 2020
Funders : EPSRC
DOI : 10.1016/j.cacint.2020.100033
Grant Title : EPSRC Grant
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Uncontrolled Keywords : COVID-19 pandemic; SARC-CoV-2 spread; Air transmission; Hospitation admissions; Indoor ventilation; Facemasks
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 02 Jun 2020 09:24
Last Modified : 02 Jun 2020 12:21

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