Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 environmental contamination in hospital rooms is uncommon using viral culture techniques

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Abstract

We assessed environmental contamination of inpatient rooms housing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in a dedicated COVID-19 unit. Contamination with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 was found on 5.5% (19/347) of surfaces via reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and 0.3% (1/347) of surfaces via cell culture. Environmental contamination is uncommon in hospitals rooms; RNA presence is not a specific indicator of infectious virus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E307-E309
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • environmental contamination
  • pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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