Aerosols in COVID-19 Patient Rooms Contained Live Virus

July 27, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified July 28, 2020

A University of Nebraska study has found aerosol samples collected from the hospital rooms of six COVID-19 patients in April contained infectious virus, adding to mounting evidence that the coronavirus is spread via aerosols in addition to large respiratory droplets.

“The infectious nature of aerosol collected in this study, taken with the other lines of evidence presented, illustrates that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is possible, and that infectious aerosol may be produced without coughing,” the authors of the study wrote. “Aerosol prevention measures should be implemented to effectively stem the spread of SARS-CoV-2, particularly in crowded settings.”

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