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Author(s): Gonçalves, J
da Silva, PG
Reis, L
Nascimento, MSJ
Koritnik, T
Paragi, M
Mesquita, JR
Title: Surface contamination with SARS-CoV-2: A systematic review
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: Little is known about contaminated surfaces as a route of transmission for SARS-CoV- 2 and a systematic review is missing and urgently needed to provide guidelines for future research studies. As such, the aim of the present study was to review the current scientific knowledge and to summarize the existing studies in which SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in inanimate surfaces. This systematic review includes studies since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, available in PubMed/MEDLINE and Scopus. Duplicate publications were removed, and exclusion criteria was applied to eliminate unrelated studies, resulting in 37 eligible publications. The present study provides the first overview of SARS-CoV-2 detection in surfaces. The highest detection rates occurred in hospitals and healthcare facilities with COVID-19 patients. Contamination with SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces was detected in a wide range of facilities and surfaces. There is a lack of studies performing viability testing for SARS-CoV-2 recovered from surfaces, and consequently it is not yet possible to assess the potential for transmission via surfaces.
Subject: SARS-CoV-2
Environmental contamination
Public health
Environmental health
Source: Sci Total Environ. 2021 Dec 1;798:149231
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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