COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Mechanisms

 

Covid-19 and related inhalational infections – Focus Meeting 16

The Aerosol Society presents ‘Covid-19 and related inhalational infections: Current trends, future challenges and opportunities in aerosol science’. A four-part series on aerosol transmission of COVID19 and other infectious aerosols covering key aspects: sources, aerosol generation, transmission, sampling, diseases, control measures and mitigations.

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Understanding the factors that govern the transport of viruses by aerosols and droplets is critical to identifying the dominant mode of transmission and the relative risks of the contact and airborne routes, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment, and the use of mitigation strategies. Although our understanding of the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is developing rapidly, much remains that we just do not know.

Researchers from the EPSRC Aerosol Science CDT have risen to the urgency of the challenges in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we review what is known about the transmission of the virus and what remains uncertain. 

SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Mechanisms

Aerosol Generating Procedures

Aerosol/Droplet Transport
Advection, turbulent mixing and diffusion

Aerosol Exposure
Physical transport (droplets) and aerosol inhalation

Contributors Resources

We monitor publications relevant to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus via aerosols and droplets and our team of editors and reviewers select articles to summarise, drawing conclusions that fall within the defined mechanisms. By doing this, we hope to raise awareness and expand our collaboration with international academics and practitioners who can contribute in developing new findings to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Anyone wishing to be involved and be part of our team of editors and reviewers are welcome to contact Dr Adam Boies for further information.