SARS-CoV-2 Superspreading Events

SARS-CoV-2 Superspreading Events Database

The SARS-CoV-2 Superspreading Events Database compiled by Koen Swinkels (original publication)

Excerpted Description:

Covid-19 Superspreading Events (SSEs) are events where multiple people —a minimum of 5, for example — get infected with the novel coronavirus. Those infected in turn often go on to infect others.

SSEs appear to be the key driving force behind the current pandemic, so in order to have a better chance of containing the virus it is crucial to find out whether the many SSEs that took place around the world share certain characteristics. Knowing in what types of settings SSEs typically occur, may help prevent them from happening in the future.

This database with 1,100 SSEs from around the world may assist in this endeavour. For each SSE the following features are identified:

  • what the location of the event was
  • when the event occurred
  • how many people were infected directly and/or indirectly
  • what kind of setting the event took place in
  • whether the event took place indoors or outdoors
  • whether the event occurred during flu season in that location