Special Issue "SARS-CoV-2 in the Water Environment"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Samendra Sherchan
Guest Editor
Tulane University, 1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100 New Orleans, LA 7011, USA
Interests: environmental virology; water quality; treatment; water reuse; public health microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), a member of the Coronavirus family, has recently emerged from Wuhan, China with a total of 634,835 confirmed cases and 29,957 deaths in more than 100 countries (as of 29 March 2020) [1]. In the US, the total number of cases is 122,653 as of 29 March, with 2112 deaths [2]. The virus causes respiratory tract illnesses, and WHO has announced an official name of the disease, which is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Several studies have detected the virus RNA in patient stool samples infected with COVID-19 in China and the USA. These results were confirmed using RT-PCR, and there is no indication that the virus is infectious. Furthermore, SARS-CoV-2 transmission routes through sewage remain unknown. It is in this context of a global pandemic that Pathogens will launch a Special Issue on COVID-19 that aims to collect insightful reviews and research articles on the transport, survival, and fate of SARS-CoV-2 in natural and engineered water systems.

  1. WHO (2020) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200329-sitrep-69-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=8d6620fa_2
  2. CDC (2020) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

Dr. Samendra Sherchan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • SARS-CoV-2
  • wastewater
  • epidemiology
  • pandemic
  • coronaviruses
  • disinfection
  • method detection
  • risk assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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