Special Issue "COVID-19: Health and Hygiene"

A special issue of Hygiene (ISSN 2673-947X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Ass. Prof. Dr. Daniela Haluza
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Kinderspitalgasse 15, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
Interests: telehealth; environmental health; open innovation in science; health communication; preventive medicine; public health
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invites you to contribute to this Special Issue on COVID-19: Health and Hygiene.

The first cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were reported in China in December 2019. Since then, the pandemic has rapidly spread across continents, changing everyday life as we know it. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020. The virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV2), which is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in the acute phase.

The spread of COVID-19 is a global health emergency, with the health authorities of all countries involved in an attempt to fight this new pandemic. The social, clinical, and economic impacts of the virus are huge. Many aspects of the infection have been studied by researchers worldwide, and available epidemiological, clinical, and impact data have been used to propose preventive interventions. While research into the COVID-19 virus is continuing, we know that the virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person (through coughing and sneezing) and by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. Unfortunately, the spread of the virus is ongoing, despite the application of very restrictive preventive interventions, including social distancing, wearing of protective masks, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, travel restrictions, home schooling, and home working.

Close observance of the rules issued by the WHO and other international bodies is essential, as it is pivotal to understand in more detail the dynamics involved in the spread of the virus in order to identify new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, including the development of a vaccine. While individual hygiene is the key to diminishing the spread of the virus between persons, the main challenge comes from the huge variety of regulations that have been enforced at local and national levels in an attempt to fight this new pandemic, limiting the comparability of outcomes and virus dynamics.

This Special Issue aims to publish evidence and observations in this field related to hygiene, microbiological aspects, epidemiology, clinical aspects, case management, lab diagnosis, immunology, therapeutic options, vaccine design and development, public health approaches, preventive measures, and communication.

We welcome the submission of reviews, original research articles, short communications, systematic reviews, and case studies targeting any of these core research issues, as the main goal of this Special Issue is to address some of the core research questions related to health and hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Daniela Haluza
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Hygiene is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • COVID-19 
  • SARS-CoV-2 
  • Environment 
  • Outbreak 
  • Epidemics 
  • COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and mitigation
  • Health inequities 
  • Social determinants of health 
  • History of infectious diseases and pandemics 
  • Risk assessment methodology 
  • Risk management plans 
  • Risk communication 
  • Interventions 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Microbiology 
  • Immunology 
  • Clinical aspects 
  • Therapeutic options
  • Lab diagnosis 
  • Preventive measures 
  • Case management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop