Please read Dr. Kipen’s article in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society titled, “Presence of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol in Residences of Adults with COVID-19.“
Although vaccines are effective at preventing coronavirus disease (COVID-19), uncertainty remains about practical public health responses to vaccine-resistant variants or future novel respiratory viruses. Reducing attack rates in households, estimated to be as high as 54% in the United States, is a key strategy. In addition to close physical contact, emerging opinion suggests that airborne transmission is linked to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread, particularly in lower-socioeconomic-status households with greater crowding, even if isolation and personal protective equipment minimize large particle transmission. To read the full article.
Presence of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol in Residences of Adults with COVID-19. Laumbach RJ, Mainelis G, Black KG, Myers NT, Ohman-Strickland P, Alimokhtari S, Hastings S, Legard A, de Resende A, Calderón L, Lu FT, Kipen HM. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Feb;19(2):338-341. PMID: 34762562 PMCID: PMC8867362 DOI: 1513/AnnalsATS.202107-847RL