SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Health Care Workers despite the Use of Surgical Masks and Physical Distancing-the Role of Airborne Transmission

Lotem Goldberg*, Yoel Levinsky, Nufar Marcus, Vered Hoffer, Michal Gafner, Shai Hadas, Sraya Kraus, Meirav Mor, Oded Scheuerman

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Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets. A key question in the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is whether SARS-CoV-2 could be transmitted via the airborne route as well. We report for the first time SARS-CoV-2 nosocomial infections despite using surgical masks and physical distancing. This report may provide possible evidence for airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberofab036
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • aerosol
  • airborne transmission
  • surgical masks

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