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Detection of different variants of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (genome) on inanimate surfaces in high-touch public environmental surfaces

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(2023) Detection of different variants of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (genome) on inanimate surfaces in high-touch public environmental surfaces. Scientific Reports. p. 13058. ISSN 2045-2322 (Electronic) 2045-2322 (Linking)

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Official URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/37567996

Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) disease started in late 2019 and still continues as a global pandemic, spreading among people around the world. There is limited knowledge about the role of contaminated environmental surfaces, especially high-touch public surfaces, in the transmission of the disease. The objective of the present investigation was detection of different variants (Delta, UK, and Omicron) of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (genome) on inanimate surfaces in high-touch public environmental surfaces in different seasons. Automated teller machines of banks (ATM), point-of-sale (POS) machine, gas station pump nozzles, and escalator handrails of malls were selected as high-touch environmental surfaces in public places. Overall, 75 samples were collected from these places and examined for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA (genome), and 21 samples (28) were positive. Although the role of fomite transmission of COVID-19 is understood, more studies should be conducted to determine the virus survival rate as well as the required efforts to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 such as frequent cleaning and the use of efficient disinfectants on environmental surfaces, especially high-touch public places. In conclusion, the results address the importance of touching contaminated inanimate objects as well as transmission through environmental surfaces, and they could be used to establish an effective protocol to prevent indirect environmental transmission of SARS-CoV-2, slow down the spread of the virus, and reduce the risk of infection.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmail
Noorimotlagh, Z.UNSPECIFIED
Mirzaee, S. A.UNSPECIFIED
Seif, F.UNSPECIFIED
Kalantar, M.UNSPECIFIED
Roghani, T.UNSPECIFIED
Mousavi, S. A.UNSPECIFIED
Honarmandpour, A.UNSPECIFIED
Keywords: Humans *COVID-19/epidemiology/prevention & control SARS-CoV-2/genetics RNA, Viral/genetics Touch *Disinfectants
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Page Range: p. 13058
Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Reports
Journal Index: Pubmed
Volume: 13
Number: 1
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-40342-y
ISSN: 2045-2322 (Electronic) 2045-2322 (Linking)
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.medilam.ac.ir/id/eprint/4502

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