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Editorial: theme issue on coronavirus and surfaces

Edirisinghe, M; (2022) Editorial: theme issue on coronavirus and surfaces. Interface Focus , 12 (1) , Article 20210081. 10.1098/rsfs.2021.0081. Green open access

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Abstract

Since the publication of the headline review on ‘Surface interactions and viability of coronaviruses' in Journal of the Royal Society Interface in January 2021 (https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0798), it has been my earnest desire to focus the minds of the scientific community on the role played by surfaces in the spread of COVID-19, especially the input physical sciences and engineering can impart to decelerate the spread of this disease worldwide. In fact, fig. 4 of the above-mentioned review clearly illustrated how persistence and viability of different coronavirus strains were dependent on widely used material surfaces. I thought the best way to achieve this goal on this rather complex and novel scientific issue was to put together a concise theme issue in Interface Focus where we bring together the opinions of a few internationally leading researchers on this important topic to collectively reduce the burden of COVID-19. Coronavirus and surfaces, the theme of this issue, is of utmost importance to many commercially significant industries such as packaging, textiles and metal forming. As the virus mutates and alters its anchoring and survival capabilities, this theme on coronavirus and surfaces will become more important, so we need to focus on this theme scientifically and methodically, with utmost urgency.

Type: Article
Title: Editorial: theme issue on coronavirus and surfaces
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2021.0081
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2021.0081
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140982
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