Aircraft Cabin Filter-based Respiratory Disease Surveillance

Project: Research project

Project Details


During the COVID-19 pandemic, air travel passengers have been viewed as a harbinger of new variant transmission internationally. Routine testing of the aircraft environment, specifically the aircraft cabin air filter, may be a cost-effective proxy for the collective microbiota of its temporary inhabitants. We seek to determine the feasibility of detecting SARS-CoV-2 variants and other respiratory viruses—perhaps even emerging alpha- and betacoronaviruses that could help predict the next pandemic—on aircraft cabin air filters using a variety of molecular testing strategies. In so doing, we will demonstrate proof-of-principle that surveillance of filters from aircraft ventilation systems may be translated into public health tools and outcomes.
Effective start/end date1/1/226/30/23


  • Walder Foundation (Hartmann AGMT 12/16/21)


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