Re-evaluating our language when reducing risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to healthcare workers: Time to rethink the term, “aerosol-generating procedures”

Andrew Silvers, David J. Brewster, Alister Ford, Ana Licina, Cassandra Andrews, Mark Adams

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The term, "aerosol-generating procedures” (AGPs), was proposed during the prior SARS-CoV-1 epidemic in order to maximise healthcare worker and patient protection. The concept of AGPs has since expanded to include routine therapeutic processes such as various modes of oxygen delivery and non-invasive ventilation modalities. Evidence gained during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has brought into question the concept of AGPs with regard to intubation, airway management, non-invasive ventilation and high flow nasal oxygen delivery. Although encounters where these procedures occur may still be associated with increased risk of infectious transmission, this is a function of the clinical context and not because the procedure itself is aerosol-generating.

Original languageEnglish
Article number189
Number of pages6
JournalVirology Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Communicable diseases
  • COVID-19
  • Delivery of health care
  • Health care worker
  • Transmission

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