Special Issue "Coronaviruses and Water under the One Health Perspective"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.
Interests: One Health; public health; microbial ecology; environment; water resources
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Coronaviruses are non-cellular organisms infecting animal cells in order to reproduce. They have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, with known reservoirs in SE Asia and the Middle East. In the first 20 years of the present century, three major epidemics have occurred, the current one being the most severe, affecting humans worldwide. The CoVs cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe maladies, potentially leading to death. The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, commonly known as COVID-19, results from a virus not previously identified in humans. The presence of SARS-CoV-2 in water and wastewater is possible, but we are far from understanding the role of the environment (including the aquatic) in the virus ecology and survival strategies. Additionally, the detection of the virus in sewage, apart from being an input route for new genetic material to environmental microbes, could be used as an early alert tool for further outbreaks. Therefore, under an integrated One Health approach, potential water-based non-traditional routes of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (i.e., apart from respiratory and contact routes) should be considered, acknowledging the potential link between the environment and the clinical context. Combating COVID-19 without clean water is an additional burden for the daily life of 40% of the population of the planet. Therefore, the development of immediate strategies for drinking water, washing facilities, and sewage disposal for the future is a must, and this opportunity should not be wasted.
Prof. Dr. Adriano A. Bordalo
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- virus survival
- clean water
- drinking water
- water treatment
- One Health