Air, Surface Environmental, and Personal Protective Equipment Contamination by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) From a Symptomatic Patient

JAMA. 2020 Apr 28;323(16):1610-1612. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.3227.


This study documents results of SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing of environmental surfaces and personal protective equipment surrounding 3 COVID-19 patients in isolation rooms in a Singapore hospital.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission*
  • Equipment Contamination*
  • Equipment and Supplies, Hospital / virology*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Personal Protective Equipment / virology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission*
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Virus Shedding

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2