SARS-CoV-2 outbreak investigation in meat processing plant suggests aerosol transmission in confined workspace

Heidelberg, 28 October 2020 – The importance of maintaining high quality air flow to restrict transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in confined workspaces has been strongly indicated by the investigation of an outbreak of the virus at a German meat processing plant during May and June 2020. The study, published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, found that the outbreak originated from a single worker on the meat processing production line. It also concluded that in such confined spaces where unfiltered air is recirculated at low rates of external air exchange, transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occur over distances of at least eight metres.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft