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# Position paper of the Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung on understanding the role of aerosol particles in SARS-CoV-2 infection

Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung e.V.

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{
"publisher": "Zenodo",
"DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.4350494",
"language": "eng",
"title": "Position paper of the Gesellschaft f\u00fcr Aerosolforschung on understanding the role of aerosol particles in  SARS-CoV-2 infection",
"issued": {
"date-parts": [
[
2020,
12,
18
]
]
},
"abstract": "<p>Many studies have already shown that viruses can spread via aerosol&nbsp;particles. An aerosol is a mixture of air with solid or liquid particles dispersed in it. To understand the role of aerosol particles as a transmission&nbsp;path of SARS-CoV-2, knowledge of the different processes in an aerosol&nbsp;is therefore of particular importance. With this paper, GAeF would like to&nbsp;contribute to a better understanding of the term &ldquo;aerosol&rdquo; and the relevant aerosol processes. In the context of this paper only the essential basics will be discussed. For a deeper understanding of the partly complex&nbsp;processes, please refer to the literature mentioned at the end of the paper. The paper summarises a large number of studies on the formation&nbsp;of virus-laden aerosol particles and their spread. Based on this, it can&nbsp;be concluded that exhaled aerosol particles may play a prominent role&nbsp;in the spread of viruses in the corona pandemic. Finally, this paper discusses possible measures to reduce the spread of aerosol particles. The&nbsp;measures discussed are based on the current public debate including&nbsp;ventilation, air purifiers, HVAC systems and masks. Advice is given on the&nbsp;correct and sensible use of these measures.</p>",
"author": [
{
"family": "Gesellschaft f\u00fcr Aerosolforschung e.V."
}
],
"type": "article",
"id": "4350494"
}
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