All surfaces are not equal in contact transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Journal: 2020/October - Matter
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The world faces a severe and acute public health emergency due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Healthcare workers are in the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and are exposed to the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection daily. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is their main defence against viral contamination; gloves, visors, face masks and gown materials are designed to eliminate viral transfer from infected patients. Here we review research investigating the stability of SARS-CoV-2 and similar viruses on surfaces, and highlight opportunities for materials that can actively reduce SARS-CoV-2 surface contamination and associated transmission and improve PPE.
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All surfaces are not equal in contact transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Abstract

The world faces a severe and acute public health emergency due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Healthcare workers are in the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and are exposed to the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection daily. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is their main defence against viral contamination; gloves, visors, face masks and gown materials are designed to eliminate viral transfer from infected patients. Here we review research investigating the stability of SARS-CoV-2 and similar viruses on surfaces, and highlight opportunities for materials that can actively reduce SARS-CoV-2 surface contamination and associated transmission and improve PPE.

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Division of Advanced Materials and Healthcare Technologies, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
School of Life Sciences
Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre
Centre for Research on Global Virus Infections, University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
Division of Molecular Therapeutics and Formulation, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
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The world faces a severe and acute public health emergency due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Healthcare workers are in the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and are exposed to the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection daily. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is their main defence against viral contamination; gloves, visors, face masks and gown materials are designed to eliminate viral transfer from infected patients. Here we review research investigating the stability of SARS-CoV-2 and similar viruses on surfaces, and highlight opportunities for materials that can actively reduce SARS-CoV-2 surface contamination and associated transmission and improve PPE.
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