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

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Cited Authors

  • Warren, BG; Nelson, A; Barrett, A; Addison, B; Graves, A; Binder, R; Gray, G; Lewis, S; Smith, BA; Weber, DJ; Sickbert-Bennett, EE; Anderson, DJ

Published Date

  • August 24, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 75 / 1

Start / End Page

  • e307 - e309

PubMed ID

  • 35023553

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8807208

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciac023


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States