Accession Number:

AD1105922

Title:

Aerosol and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 observed in quarantine and isolation care

Descriptive Note:

Journal Article - Open Access

Corporate Author:

University of Nebraska Omaha United States

Report Date:

2020-07-29

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 SARS-CoV-2 originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and its resulting coronavirus disease, COVID-19, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. The rapid global spread of COVID-19 represents perhaps the most significant public health emergency in a century. As the pandemic progressed, a continued paucity of evidence on routes of SARS-CoV-2 transmission has resulted in shifting infection prevention and control guidelines between classically-defined airborne and droplet precautions. During the initial isolation of 13 individuals with COVID-19 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, we collected air and surface samples to examine viral shedding from isolated individuals. We detected viral contamination among all samples, supporting the use of airborne isolation precautions when caring for COVID-19 patients.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE