The American Chemical Society (ACS) journal “Environmental Science and Technology” have assembled a “virtual issue” on the fate and behaviour of enveloped viruses in the environment. A “virtual issue” is a collection of previously published research papers on a topic of current scientific interest.
For those not familiar with it, Environmental Science and Technology is a highly reputable journal with strong peer-review practices and has been among the top few leading environmental engineering journals for at least 30 years. So this collection can be assumed to be solid and reliable.
The Guest Editors for this virtual collection are Alexandria Boehm (Stanford University, USA) and Krista Wigginton (University of Michigan, USA). Both are leading experts in the field and both have undertaken extensive research on the fate and survival of viruses in the environment, including in urban water systems.
Much of the research presented in this collection has been undertaken using other enveloped viruses that have similar properties to SARS-CoV-2. As such, it provides valuable information and insights on the potential environmental fate and transport of SARS-CoV-2, including:
- inactivation mechanisms that may occur during common water disinfection procedures (including both chlorine and UV disinfection processes),
- the potential for secondary transmission of the virus via the production of aerosols from wastewater,
- the effectiveness of the clean-up of virus-contaminated surfaces, and the fate of land-filled infectious waste.
All of the manuscripts included in this virtual issue have now been set to “open access”, meaning that anybody can fully access them without charge.
Access the virtual issue here: