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Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in isolation ward environment 28 days after exposure.
Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Aug; 97:258-259.IJ

Abstract

Recent studies have reported that surfaces and objects in the rooms of infected patients that are frequently touched by both medical staff and patients could be contaminated with SARS-CoV-2. In December 2019, Wuhan China suffered the earliest from this COVID-19 pandemic, and we took that opportunity to investigate whether the SARS-CoV-2 RNA exists in the ward environment after a long time from exposure. We found that on the 28th day following the discharge of COVID-19 patients, SARS-CoV-2 RNA could still be detected on the surfaces of pagers and in drawers in the isolation wards. Thorough disinfection of the ward environment was subsequently performed, after which these surfaces in the isolation wards tested negative for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The findings remind us that the contaminated environment in the wards may become potential infectious resources and that despite a long time from exposure, the thorough disinfection in the COVID-10 units after is still necessary.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Ophthalmology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430060, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China.Department of Ophthalmology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430060, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China.Department of Ophthalmology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430060, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China. Electronic address: chenchangzheng@whu.edu.cn.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32534140

Citation

Zhou, Yunyun, et al. "Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Isolation Ward Environment 28 Days After Exposure." International Journal of Infectious Diseases : IJID : Official Publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, vol. 97, 2020, pp. 258-259.
Zhou Y, Zeng Y, Chen C. Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in isolation ward environment 28 days after exposure. Int J Infect Dis. 2020;97:258-259.
Zhou, Y., Zeng, Y., & Chen, C. (2020). Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in isolation ward environment 28 days after exposure. International Journal of Infectious Diseases : IJID : Official Publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, 97, 258-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.06.015
Zhou Y, Zeng Y, Chen C. Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Isolation Ward Environment 28 Days After Exposure. Int J Infect Dis. 2020;97:258-259. PubMed PMID: 32534140.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in isolation ward environment 28 days after exposure. AU - Zhou,Yunyun, AU - Zeng,Yuyang, AU - Chen,Changzheng, Y1 - 2020/06/10/ PY - 2020/04/15/received PY - 2020/06/04/revised PY - 2020/06/05/accepted PY - 2020/6/14/pubmed PY - 2020/7/31/medline PY - 2020/6/14/entrez KW - Environmental contamination KW - Isolation Ward KW - SARS-CoV-2 SP - 258 EP - 259 JF - International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases JO - Int J Infect Dis VL - 97 N2 - Recent studies have reported that surfaces and objects in the rooms of infected patients that are frequently touched by both medical staff and patients could be contaminated with SARS-CoV-2. In December 2019, Wuhan China suffered the earliest from this COVID-19 pandemic, and we took that opportunity to investigate whether the SARS-CoV-2 RNA exists in the ward environment after a long time from exposure. We found that on the 28th day following the discharge of COVID-19 patients, SARS-CoV-2 RNA could still be detected on the surfaces of pagers and in drawers in the isolation wards. Thorough disinfection of the ward environment was subsequently performed, after which these surfaces in the isolation wards tested negative for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The findings remind us that the contaminated environment in the wards may become potential infectious resources and that despite a long time from exposure, the thorough disinfection in the COVID-10 units after is still necessary. SN - 1878-3511 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32534140/Presence_of_SARS_CoV_2_RNA_in_isolation_ward_environment_28_days_after_exposure_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -