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The role of airborne particles and environmental considerations in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Shao, Longyi, Ge, Shuoyi, Jones, Tim ORCID:, Santosh, M., Silva, Luis F.O., Cao, Yaxin, Oliveira, Marcos L.S., Zhang, Mengyuan and BéruBé, Kelly ORCID: 2021. The role of airborne particles and environmental considerations in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Geoscience Frontiers 12 (5) , 101189. 10.1016/j.gsf.2021.101189

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Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the novel coronavirus, results in an acute respiratory condition coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is highly infectious. The recent spread of this virus has caused a global pandemic. Currently, the transmission routes of SARS-CoV-2 are being established, especially the role of environmental transmission. Here we review the environmental transmission routes and persistence of SARS-CoV-2. Recent studies have established that the transmission of this virus can occur, amongst others, in the air, water, soil, cold-chain, biota, and surface contact. It has also been found that the survival potential of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is dependent on different environmental conditions and pollution. Potentially important pathways include aerosol and fecal matter. Particulate matter may also be a carrier for SARS-CoV-2. Since microscopic particles can be easily absorbed by humans, more attention must be focused on the dissemination of these particles. These considerations are required to evolve a theoretical platform for epidemic control and to minimize the global threat from future epidemics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1674-9871
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 17 March 2021
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 01:32

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