School of Science Technology and Health
The world has been embroiled in a deadly and volatile public health crisis. The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as a pandemic, has been rapidly affecting nations throughout the world with such ferocity that governments and their public health authorities have been forced to take drastic measures to contain the spread. Yet, despite the aggressive preventative measures in place, COVID-19 has propagated exponentially throughout the world. In response, we conducted an epidemiological study evaluating cumulative incidence, incidence rate, and mortality rate of COVID-19 to better understand the potential modes of disease transmission.in select countries experiencing a high burden of the disease. Currently, the accepted mode of disease transmission is by respiratory droplets containing the virus. Here we provide epidemiological data in conjunction with molecular mechanisms of this Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and explain the possible alternative modes of disease transmission for COVID-19. Results from this investigation showed that despite aggressive droplet precautionary measures are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19; Coronavirus; SARS-CoV-2; Fomites; Pandemic; Droplets;
Galbadage, Thushara; Peterson, Brent M.; and Gunasekera, Richard S., "Epidemiological Study of COVID-19 Modes of Disease Transmission: with Molecular Basis for SARS-CoV-2 Virulence" (2020). Faculty Articles & Research. 407.