OPEN International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases | 20 Sep 2020
JA Lednicky, M Lauzardo, Z Hugh Fan, A Jutla, TB Tilly, M Gangwar, M Usmani, SN Shankar, K Mohamed, A Eiguren-Fernandez, CJ Stephenson, MM Alam, MA Elbadry, JC Loeb, K Subramaniam, TB Waltzek, K Cherabuddi, J Glenn Morris and CY Wu
Because detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in aerosols but failure to isolate viable (infectious) virus are commonly reported, there is substantial controversy whether SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted through aerosols. This conundrum occurs because common air samplers can inactivate virions through their harsh collection processes. We sought to resolve the question whether viable SARS-CoV-2 can occur in aerosols using VIVAS air samplers that operate on a gentle water-vapor condensation principle.
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