Special Issue "Aerosol Transmission of Viral Disease"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "General Virology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Joshua L. Santarpia
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Guest Editor
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA
Interests: bioaerosol measurement and detection; atmospheric chemistry of bioaerosols; bacteriophage; aerosol transmission of disease; viral aerosols
Dr. Mark Stephen Lever
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Guest Editor
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Porton Down, Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 0JQ, UK
Interests: Infectious Disease Control and Prevention; Immunology of Infectious Diseases; Infectious Disease Epidemiology; aerosol transmission of viral disease
Dr. Shanna A. Ratnesar-Shumate
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Guest Editor
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198, USA
Interests: Aerosolized infectious diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of airborne microorganisms and the role they play in human health and disease has been a field of research for many decades. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a large interest in the specific role of infectious aerosol particles in the transmission of airborne diseases. Viral aerosols are responsible for the transmission of several human diseases, including measles, smallpox, coronaviruses, and influenza, as well as diseases of plants and non-human animals. Anthropogenic activities such as improper ventilation, gathering in close quarters, and HVAC can impact the transport and infectivity of these aerosols from person-to-person creating avenues for the spread of disease in the built environment, and both indoor and outdoor air quality may impact both the stability of viral aerosols and the susceptibility of the host. In this Special Issue, we highlight new developments in understanding the role of viral aerosols in viral transport and transmission and prevention of future pandemics.

Dr. Joshua L. Santarpia
Dr. Mark Stephen Lever
Dr. Shanna A. Ratnesar-Shumate
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • viral aerosols
  • infectious aerosols
  • COVID-19
  • airborne disease
  • anthropogenic impacts on the transmission of disease
  • the role of aerosols in animal viruses
  • the role of aerosols in plant viruses

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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