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Transmission of respiratory viruses when using public ground transport : a rapid review to inform public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic

dc.contributor.authorZhen, J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorChan, C.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSchoonees, A.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorApatu, E.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorThabane, L.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorYoung, T.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-17T04:22:08Z
dc.date.available2020-05-17T04:22:08Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-07
dc.identifier.citationZhen, J. et al. 2020. Transmission of respiratory viruses when using public ground transport : a rapid review to inform public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. South African Medical Journal, 110(6), doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i6.14751.
dc.identifier.issn2078-5135 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0256-9574 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i6.14751
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/108564
dc.descriptionCITATION: Zhen, J. et al. 2020. Transmission of respiratory viruses when using public ground transport : a rapid review to inform public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. South African Medical Journal, 110(6), doi:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i6.14751.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.za
dc.description.abstractIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous countries worldwide declared national states of emergency and implemented interventions to minimise the risk of transmission among the public. Evidence was needed to inform strategies for limiting COVID-19 transmission on public transport. On 20 March 2020, we searched MEDLINE, CENTRAL, Web of Science and the World Health Organization’s database of ‘Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)’ to conduct a rapid review on interventions that reduce viral transmission on public ground transport. After screening 74 records, we identified 4 eligible studies. These studies suggest an increased risk of viral transmission with public transportation use that may be reduced with improved ventilation. International and national guidelines suggest the following strategies: keep the public informed, stay at home when sick, and minimise public transport use. Where use is unavoidable, environmental control, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene are recommended, while a risk-based approach needs to guide the use of non-medical masks.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12943
dc.format.extent6 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHealth & Medical Publishing Group
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_ZA
dc.titleTransmission of respiratory viruses when using public ground transport : a rapid review to inform public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemicen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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