Review: Detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA on surfaces in quarantine rooms

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Review: Detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA on surfaces in quarantine rooms

Review: Detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA on surfaces in quarantine rooms

This small study collected samples from 2 quarantine rooms, where 2 pre-symptomatic SARS-CoV2 positive individuals had stayed, and found SARS-CoV-2 on multiple surfaces.

  • 11 samples were taken in each room, 22 samples in total. Swabs were taken from the following sites: door handle, light switch, faucet, bathroom door handle, toilet seat/flush handle, thermometer, TV remote, pillow cover, duvet cover, sheet, and towel.
  • For Patient A’s room, the light switch, bathroom door handle, pillow cover, duvet cover, sheet, and towel were all positive for SARS-CoV-2
  • For Patient B’s room, the faucet and pillow cover were positive for SARS-CoV-2
|2020-05-22T11:01:23-04:00May 21st, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Megan McHenry

Megan McHenry
Megan S. McHenry, MD, MS, FAAP is a pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. McHenry's research focuses on early childhood development in children living in resource-limited settings. This work is frequently aligned with community-engaged research and dissemination and implementation science frameworks. She primarily conducts research in collaboration with the Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Research Network in Kenya. Dr. McHenry currently has a career development award through the National Institutes of Health to develop a neurodevelopmental screening program for children born to HIV-infected mothers in Kenya. Dr. McHenry is also the Director of Pediatric Global Health Education and a co-Director of the Morris Green Physician-Scientist Development Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. In additional to global health lectures, she also educates residents and students on early childhood development, basic biostatistical techniques, research methodologies, and research ethics. She mentors multiple pediatric fellows, residents, and medical students interested in early childhood development within global contexts.

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