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An April 2, 2020, expert consultation from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy concluded that available studies are consistent with the potential aerosol spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), not only through coughing and sneezing, but by normal breathing.1 This response to a White House request for a rapid review of the literature likely contributed to the recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that healthy persons wear nonmedical face coverings, when in public, to reduce virus spread from undiagnosed infectious cases.
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Corresponding Author: Edward A. Nardell, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity, Harvard Medical School, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Published Online: June 1, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.7603
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Nardell has been supported entirely by research and implementation grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Relevant to this commentary, Dr Nardell has consulted on a voluntary basis with the World Health Organization, USAID, Illuminating Engineering Society, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He has not served as a paid consultant and has no current or past commercial interest in any air disinfection technologies or related products. Dr Nathavitharana reports receipt of grants from NIH and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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