A touch transfer assay to determine surface transmission of highly pathogenic viruses

STAR Protoc. 2022 Mar 18;3(2):101188. doi: 10.1016/j.xpro.2022.101188. eCollection 2022 Jun 17.


Transmission via fomites poses a major dissemination route for many human pathogens, particularly because of transfer via fingertips. Here, we present a protocol to investigate direct transfer of infectious agents from fomites to humans via naked fingertips. The protocol is suitable for pathogens requiring highest biosafety levels (e.g., SARS-CoV-2). We used an artificial skin to touch a defined volume of virus suspension and subsequent quantification of infectious entities allows quantitative measurement of transfer efficiency and risk assessment. For complete information on the generation and use of this manuscript, please refer to Todt et al. (2021).

Keywords: Biotechnology and bioengineering; Cell Biology; Cell culture; Health Sciences; Immunology; Material sciences; Microbiology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Fomites
  • Humans
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Touch
  • Viruses*