Coronavirus spread at Brisbane's Hotel Grand Chancellor 'most likely' from airborne transmission, experts warn

14 Jan 2021

A dozen doctors have written to the Queensland Government warning that airborne disease specialists need to be employed to investigate whether there was any airborne transmission of the UK strain of coronavirus at Brisbane's Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Cardiologists, anaesthetists, general practitioners, nurses and physicians signed the letter, asking for aerosol scientists and occupational hygienist to be engaged, along with a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) expert, if they have not been already.

"We believe experts from these three fields have an important role to play in elucidating the cause of viral spread both within the hotel, and in future planning for all hotel quarantine around Australia, and could piece together an important piece of this puzzle for the nation," the letter reads.

Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists president Kate Cole said the group would use science and engineering to make sure that control measures were in place.