As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it becomes more important to determine the modes of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Understanding whether SARS-CoV-2 can spread through the air will enable public health experts to identify the appropriate control measures to reduce the spread of the outbreak. In a study published in Nature Communications, CEIRS investigators showed that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted between ferrets through direct contact and via respiratory droplets and aerosols between ferrets.
CEIRS COVID-19 Publication Commentaries
In a recent report published in Science, CEIRS investigators were part of a group of researchers in the Netherlands that investigated similarities and differences in pathogenesis of COVID-19, MERS, and SARS in cynomolgus macaques (Rockx 2020). Prior to this study, little information on the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection was available. Investigators were aiming to characterize the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection and compare findings to the pathogenesis of MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.
A global team of researchers, including investigators part of the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), show in a new study that ferrets are susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that infected ferrets are able to transmit the virus to other ferrets through both direct and indirect contact (Kim 2020). The study, published in Cell Host & Microbe by Young-Il Kim, et al., describes an important new tool in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic.