UF Researchers Find Viable Viruses in Aerosols That Cause COVID-19 (UF ESSIE News)

UF Researchers Find Viable Viruses in Aerosols That Cause COVID-19

New research from the University of Florida provides strong evidence that aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may be possible.

Prior to these findings, which are in pre-print and have not undergone peer review, the virus had been detected in aerosols, but there was a lack of direct evidence that the particles were actually viable (culturable), so to date the World Health Organization and other public health agencies have not emphasized aerosol transmission in their public health protection and mitigation guidance.

A team of UF researchers, led by John Lednicky, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, and Chang-Yu Wu, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, found that SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols can be cultured, sparking the need to reevaluate current safety protocols to reduce transmission in indoor spaces.

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