Viral Shedding and Antibody Response in 37 Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) causes isolated cases and outbreaks of severe respiratory disease. This paper presents a study based on 37 adult patients infected with MERS-CoV. The aim was to assess the viral load (amount of virus) in the lower and upper respiratory tracts, blood, stool (faeces), and urine. A minority of faecesContinue reading “Viral Shedding and Antibody Response in 37 Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection”

The source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle

This paper was produced by Dr Krista Rule Wigginton, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and two students under her supervision (Y. Ye and R.M. Ellenberg). It was commissioned by the Editors of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal “Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology” asContinue reading “The source and fate of pandemic viruses in the urban water cycle”

Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents

This review of previously reported studies was published in March 2020, so provides a very current update on the persistence of (human and veterinary) coronaviruses (such as SARS-CoV-2) on surfaces and their inactivation with potential disinfection reagents. The analysis of 22 studies revealed that human coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV or endemic human coronaviruses (HCoV)Continue reading “Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents”