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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission

Version 1 : Received: 10 March 2020 / Approved: 12 March 2020 / Online: 12 March 2020 (04:18:26 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 18 March 2020 / Approved: 20 March 2020 / Online: 20 March 2020 (05:02:44 CET)
Version 3 : Received: 1 April 2020 / Approved: 2 April 2020 / Online: 2 April 2020 (05:19:41 CEST)

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Dietz L, Horve PF, Coil DA, Fretz M, Eisen JA, Van Den Wymelenberg K. 2020. 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: built environment considerations to reduce transmission. mSystems 5:e00245-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00245-20. Dietz L, Horve PF, Coil DA, Fretz M, Eisen JA, Van Den Wymelenberg K. 2020. 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: built environment considerations to reduce transmission. mSystems 5:e00245-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00245-20.

Journal reference: mSystems 2020
DOI: 10.1128/mSystems.00245-20

Abstract

With the rapid spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that results in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), corporate entities, federal, state, county and city governments, universities, school districts, places of worship, prisons, health care facilities, assisted living organizations, daycares, homeowners, and other building owners and occupants have an opportunity to reduce the potential for transmission through built environment (BE) mediated pathways. Over the last decade, substantial research into the presence, abundance, diversity, function, and transmission of microbes in the BE has taken place and revealed common pathogen exchange pathways and mechanisms. In this paper, we synthesize this microbiology of the BE research and the known information about SARS-CoV-2 to provide actionable and achievable guidance to BE decision makers, building operators, and all indoor occupants attempting to minimize infectious disease transmission through environmentally mediated pathways. We believe this information is useful to corporate and public administrators and individuals responsible for building operations and environmental services in their decision-making process about the degree and duration of social-distancing measures during viral epidemics and pandemics.

Subject Areas

Built Environment (BE); building operations; novel coronavirus; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2

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Received: 2 April 2020
Commenter: Patrick Horve
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Comment: Slight updates and incorporation of outside comments.
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