#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Investigation of a superspreading event preceding the largest meat processing plant-related SARS-Coronavirus 2 outbreak in Germany”

This is arguably getting a bit outside the built environment mandate and more into epidemiology and disease transmission, but I thought this was an interesting paper detailing a particular outbreak in a meat processing facility.  “Investigation of a superspreading event preceding the largest meat processing plant-related SARS-Coronavirus 2 outbreak in Germany“.  What I particularly like …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “An Overview on the Role of Relative Humidity in Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Environments”

A review article this time, “An Overview on the Role of Relative Humidity in Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Environments“.  It’s pretty much all there in the title… they looked at the state of current research and tried to summarize it here, specifically with an eye towards actionable choices for people managing buildings.  Abstract …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Environmental Contamination and Childbirth”

A short article here from our prolific collaborators at the University of Oregon, “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Environmental Contamination and Childbirth”.  Basically they are looking here at the risk of the spreading of the virus during childbirth… and show that an asymptomatic carrier results in environmental contamination.  No Abstract since it’s a …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “Intermittent occupancy combined with ventilation: An efficient strategy for the reduction of airborne transmission indoors”

I expect to see more and more of this kind of article moving forward.  Moving from “here’s the virus in buildings” to “here’s an approach for dealing with it.  In this article, “Intermittent occupancy combined with ventilation: An efficient strategy for the reduction of airborne transmission indoors” the authors look at the combination of ventilation …

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients”

I missed blogging about this important preprint when it came out for some reason. “Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients“.   I’ve talked in the past about how many of the environmental sampling studies come out are only looking at SARS-CoV-2 RNA and not viable virus.   Here’s a nice …

#COVID19 Journal Club: “COVID-19 Surveillance in Southeastern Virginia Using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology”

  Another article showing the value of wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2.  This group took weekly samples through the early days of the pandemic and on into the more recent stages and show how well that correlates with what’s known about outbreaks in the catchment area over that time.  They again highlight the value of this …

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Mechanistic Transmission Modeling of COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Demonstrates the Importance of Aerosol Transmission”

Another chapter in the Diamond Princess story… you can read our last couple of journal club blog posts about the ship here and here.  The latest article “Mechanistic Transmission Modeling of COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Demonstrates the Importance of Aerosol Transmission” expands this story by modeling the possible routes of transmission of …

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in commercial passenger aircraft and cruise ship wastewater: a surveillance tool for assessing the presence of COVID-19 infected travelers”

So we’ve written a lot about wastewater monitoring as a tool for community-level surveillance for SARS-CoV-2.  I thought this article was a nice twist on that… looking at airplanes and cruise ships as a way to better monitor the virus in a travel setting.  Abstract below: Abstract Background Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) for the severe acute …

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Implementing a Negative Pressure Isolation Space within a Skilled Nursing Facility to Control SARS-CoV-2 Transmission”

Another useful preprint by Shelly Miller at CU Boulder and colleagues.  In this case, “Implementing a Negative Pressure Isolation Space within a Skilled Nursing Facility to Control SARS-CoV-2 Transmission” is exactly what the title says.  A demonstration of modifying an existing HVAC system to control the flow of air in a high risk environment.  Good …

#COVID19 Preprint Journal Club: “Detection and Survival of SARS-coronavirus in Human Stool, Urine, Wastewater and Sludge”

(h/t to Heather Bischel for the link) Yet another really nice and comprehensive review of the state of things regarding wastewater sampling for SARS-CoV-2.  “Detection and Survival of SARS-coronavirus in Human Stool, Urine, Wastewater and Sludge“.  This paper does a particularly nice job of looking at the following three questions: 1)What is the evidence for …