This case report documents that a generally well infant with COVID-19 can contaminate his or her environment with PCR-detectable virus. Whether it’s enough to infect someone is not known.
COVID-19 is thought to be spread from an infected person to another primarily via droplet and possibly direct contact. The roles of transmission by indirect contact or by long-range airborne mechanisms are uncertain. This case-report followed a 6 month old infant infected with COVID-19 who was admitted to the hospital because both parents were also admitted.
They tested the environment the baby was in a great deal. They found that the infant’s bedding, he cot rail, and a table 1 meter away were found to be positive for SARS-CoV-2. The samples taken from the infant’s health care workers’ PPE were found to be negative for SARS-CoV-2.