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Mayo Clin Proc ; 96(1): 148-151, 2021 01.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33413811

RESUMEN

Community transmission of severe acute respiratory illness Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Arizona was noted in March 2020. It was our hypothesis that the associated implementation of physical distancing and masking led to a decline in circulation and detection of common respiratory viruses. Nasopharyngeal swabs processed with the Biofire, Film Array respiratory panel at Mayo Clinic Arizona were reviewed from January 1, 2017, to July 31, 2020. A total of 13,324 nasopharyngeal swabs were analyzed. Between April and July 2017- 2019 (Period A) a mean of 262 tests were performed monthly, falling to 128 for the corresponding months of 2020 (Period B). A reduction in the monthly mean number of positive tests (Period A 71.5; Period B 2.8) and mean positivity rate (Period A 25.04%; Period B 2.07%) was observed. Rhinovirus/enterovirus was the most prevalent virus, with a monthly mean of 21.6 cases (30.2% of positives) for Period A and 2 cases (72.7% of positives) for Period B. Positivity for a second virus occurred in a mean of 2.1 positive tests (3.3%) in Period A but was absent in Period B. Implementation of distancing and masking coincides with a marked reduction in respiratory virus detection and likely circulation. Data from the fall/winter of 2020 will help clarify the potential role for distancing and masking as a mitigation strategy, not only for SARS-CoV-2 but also in the seasonal battle against common respiratory viruses.


Asunto(s)
/prevención & control , Máscaras , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/virología , Arizona/epidemiología , /transmisión , Humanos , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión
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Surg Clin North Am ; 101(1): 109-119, 2021 Feb.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33212072

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New telehealth platforms and interventions have proliferated over the past decade and will be further spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging literature examines the efficacy and safety of these interventions. Early pilot studies and trials demonstrate equivalent outcomes of telehealth interventions that seek to replace routine postoperative care in low-risk patients who have undergone low-risk surgeries. Studies are underway to evaluate interventions in higher-risk populations undergoing more complex procedures. Tele-ICU platforms demonstrate promise to provide specialized, high-acuity care to underserved areas and may also be used to augment compliance with evidence-based protocols.


Asunto(s)
Atención Ambulatoria , Betacoronavirus , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Cuidados Críticos , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Cuidados Posoperatorios , Telemedicina , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Humanos , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión
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J Infect Chemother ; 27(1): 120-122, 2021 Jan.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32988731

RESUMEN

INTRODUCTION: Information on the effectiveness of personal protective equipment (PPE) for preventing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among healthcare workers (HCWs), especially among HCWs with frequent contact with patients with SARS-CoV-2, is limited. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study on 49 HCWs who worked in close contact with patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. HCWs had blood samples taken every 2 weeks to test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies using two different types of assay. RESULTS: Forty-nine participants (31 nurses, 15 doctors, 3 other workers) were enrolled. In total, 112 blood samples are obtained from participants. The median work days in 2 weeks was 9 (interquartile range (IQR): 5-10) days. In a single work day, 30 of the 49 participants (61.5%) had contact with patients with suspected or conformed SARS-CoV-2 at least 8 times, and approximately 60% of participants had more than 10 min of contact with a single patient. The median self-reported compliance to PPE was 90% (IQR: 80-100%). Seven participants tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibody using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); however, none were seropositive for SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody, so the positive ELISA results were assumed to be false-positive. CONCLUSIONS: The study provides evidence that appropriate PPE is sufficient to prevent infection amongHCWs. It is necessary to establish a system that provides a stable supply of PPE for HCWs to perform their duties.


Asunto(s)
Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Personal de Salud , Transmisión de Enfermedad Infecciosa de Paciente a Profesional/prevención & control , Pandemias/prevención & control , Equipo de Protección Personal , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Adulto , Anciano , Anticuerpos Antivirales/sangre , Betacoronavirus/inmunología , Betacoronavirus/aislamiento & purificación , Infecciones por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Ensayo de Inmunoadsorción Enzimática , Femenino , Humanos , Masculino , Persona de Mediana Edad , Neumonía Viral/diagnóstico , Estudios Prospectivos , Adulto Joven
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Methods Mol Biol ; 2225: 25-38, 2021.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33108655

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Various systems exist for the robust production of recombinant proteins. However, only a few systems are optimal for human vaccine protein production. Plant-based transient protein expression systems offer an advantageous alternative to costly mammalian cell culture-based systems and can perform posttranslational modifications due to the presence of an endomembrane system that is largely similar to that of the animal cell. Technological advances in expression vectors for transient expression in the last two decades have produced new plant expression systems with the flexibility and speed that cannot be matched by those based on mammalian or insect cell culture. The rapid and high-level protein production capability of transient expression systems makes them the optimal system to quickly and versatilely develop and produce vaccines against viruses such as 2019-nCoV that have sudden and unpredictable outbreaks. Here, expression of antiviral subunit vaccines in Nicotiana benthamiana plants via transient expression is demonstrated.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus/efectos de los fármacos , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Pandemias/prevención & control , Plantas/inmunología , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Vacunas de Subunidad/administración & dosificación , Vacunas de Subunidad/biosíntesis , Betacoronavirus/inmunología , Betacoronavirus/aislamiento & purificación , Infecciones por Coronavirus/inmunología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Infecciones por Coronavirus/virología , Vectores Genéticos , Humanos , Plantas/genética , Neumonía Viral/inmunología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Neumonía Viral/virología
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Sci Total Environ ; 751: 142317, 2021 Jan 10.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33182011

RESUMEN

Nowadays, there is an important controversy about coronavirus air transmission. The aim of this study was to determine aerosol transmission from patients with coronavirus infection using "COVID-19 traps" that included different untouched surfaces within them. 42 swab samples of 6 different surfaces placed in the rooms of 6 patients with a positive diagnostic of COVID-19 were analyzed with RT-PCR technique to evaluate the presence of the virus and its stability. Samples were collected at 24, 48 and 72 h. Patients were in an intensive care unit (ICU) and in a COVID-19 ward unit (CWU) at a Spanish referral hospital. None of the samples placed in the ICU unit were positive for COVID-19. However, two surfaces, placed in a CWU room with a patient that required the use of respiratory assistance were positive for coronavirus at 72 h. Surfaces could not be touched by patients or health workers, so viral spreading was unequivocally produced by air transmission. Thus, fomites should be considered as a possible mode of transmission of coronavirus and frequent disinfection of surfaces should be taken into account. Our results, although preliminary, point the importance of SARS-CoV-2 virus air transmission indoors and may shed some light in this debate.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus , Infecciones por Coronavirus , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral , Aire , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Contaminación de Equipos , Fómites , Humanos , Proyectos Piloto , Neumonía Viral/transmisión
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Enferm. clín. (Ed. impr.) ; 30(6): 360-370, nov.-dic. 2020.
Artículo en Español | IBECS | ID: ibc-191719

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OBJETIVO: Describir los factores relacionados con la situación de contagio del SARS-CoV-2 identificados por los profesionales de la salud en España y proponer estrategias de prevención. MÉTODO: Estudio descriptivo transversal. La población fueron profesionales de la salud trabajando en instituciones con atención a pacientes con COVID-19 y caso confirmado de infección por SARS-CoV-2. Se utilizó un cuestionario con variables sociodemográficas, laborales y epidemiológicas. Se realizó análisis descriptivo y bivariado según la naturaleza de las variables. RESULTADOS: Se analizan 2230 cuestionarios sobre una población potencial de 41,239 (5,47%). El motivo para realizar el diagnóstico fue: caso sospechoso (63,4%) y caso probable (12,3%). Se hizo estudio de contactos al 50,3%. La percepción sobre la disponibilidad de medidas de protección como "siempre/frecuentemente" fueron: mascarilla FPP1 57,3%, guantes 89,5%, jabón 95% y solución hidroalcohólica 91,5% y en EPIs, mascarillas FPP2, FPP3, gafas y batas desechables alrededor del 50%. La disponibilidad de medidas protectoras, por ámbito de trabajo, presentó diferencias significativas. La media de pacientes atendidos se relacionó con la realización de higiene de manos del momento 4 y en la percepción de realizarla correctamente en momentos 4 y 5. CONCLUSIONES: Se presentan datos con carácter preliminar y con variabilidad en la tasa de respuesta por Comunidad Autónoma. Los profesionales de la salud contagiados por SARS-CoV-2 identifican la gestión de la cadena de contagios, el uso y adecuación en la disponibilidad de equipos de protección, así como la efectividad en la realización del lavado de manos, como factores relacionados con el contagio de los profesionales


OBJECTIVE: To describe the factors related to the situation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission identified by health professionals in Spain and to propose prevention strategies. METHOD: Cross-sectional descriptive study. The population were healthcare professionals working in institutions caring forCOVID-19 patients and also confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. A questionnaire with sociodemographic, occupational and epidemiological variables was used. Descriptive and bivariate analysis was performed according to the nature of the variables. RESULTS: Twenty-two hundred and thirty questionnaires were analysed on a potential population of 41,239 (5.47%). The diagnosis was made based on a suspicious case (63.4%) and a probable case (12.3%). A study of contacts was carried out at 50.3%. The perception about the availability of protective measures as "always/frequently" were: FPP1 mask 57.3%, gloves 89.5%, soap 95% and hydroalcoholic solution 91.5%. In PPE, FPP2, FPP3 mask, goggles and disposable gowns at around50%. The availability of protective measures, by field of work, presented significant differences. The average number of patients attended related to the performance of hand hygiene at moment 4 and the perception of performing it correctly at moments 4 and 5. CONCLUSIONS: Preliminary data are presented, with variability in the response rate by Autonomous Region. Healthcare professionals infected by SARS-CoV-2 identified the management of the chain of infection transmission, the use and adequacy of protective equipment, as well as the effectiveness of handwashing as factors related to the transmission of the virus among professionals


Asunto(s)
Humanos , Personal de Salud/estadística & datos numéricos , Factores de Riesgo , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Síndrome Respiratorio Agudo Grave/epidemiología , Planes y Programas de Salud , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Síndrome Respiratorio Agudo Grave/prevención & control , España/epidemiología , Estudios Transversales , Encuestas y Cuestionarios , Betacoronavirus
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World J Gastroenterol ; 26(38): 5749-5758, 2020 Oct 14.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33132632

RESUMEN

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), various measures have been taken to protect against the infection. As droplet and contact transmission are the main routes of COVID-19 infection, endoscopy centers are considered to be high-risk areas for exposure to COVID-19. We have undertaken several countermeasures in our endoscopic center during the pandemic, and have gained significant experience in terms of prevention and control of COVID-19. We here present our experience and strategies adopted for preventing hospital infection in our endoscopy center during the COVID-19 pandemic. We describe our management of the environment, endoscope, patients, and medical staff, and our self-made masks.


Asunto(s)
Desinfección , Endoscopía Gastrointestinal/métodos , Planificación Ambiental , Control de Infecciones/organización & administración , Admisión y Programación de Personal , Betacoronavirus , China , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Humanos , Control de Infecciones/métodos , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/transmisión
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J Acoust Soc Am ; 148(4): 1824, 2020 10.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33138499

RESUMEN

Peru declared a state of emergency on March 16 in order to prevent SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) transmissions; thus, the International Airport was closed and the soundscape of urban zones under the flight tracks have been changed in view of the fact that airplane traffic was suspended. The authors have been conducting noise monitoring since February and because of that sufficient noise data for knowing the soundscape before and during the lockdown were obtained. This article presents a case of aircraft annoyance noise in one of Lima's city districts, which is near the aircraft climbing curve, toward the ocean on departure from Lima.


Asunto(s)
Viaje en Avión , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Exposición a Riesgos Ambientales/prevención & control , Genio Irritable , Ruido del Transporte/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Aislamiento Social , Salud Urbana , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/virología , Monitoreo del Ambiente , Humanos , Pandemias/prevención & control , Perú , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/virología , Espectrografía del Sonido , Factores de Tiempo
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J Acoust Soc Am ; 148(4): 2096, 2020 10.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33138536

RESUMEN

Brass wind instruments with long sections of cylindrical pipe, such as trumpets and trombones, sound "brassy" when played at a fortissimo level due to the generation of a shock front in the instrument. It has been suggested that these shock fronts may increase the spread of COVID-19 by propelling respiratory particles containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus several meters due to particle entrainment in the low pressure area behind the shocks. To determine the likelihood of this occurring, fluorescent particles, ranging in size from 10-50 µm, were dropped into the shock regions produced by a trombone, a trumpet, and a shock tube. Preliminary results indicate that propagation of small airborne particles by the shock fronts radiating from brass wind instruments is unlikely.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidad , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Exposición por Inhalación/prevención & control , Música , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Aislamiento Social , Aerosoles , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/virología , Diseño de Equipo , Interacciones Huésped-Patógeno , Humanos , Movimiento (Física) , Pandemias/prevención & control , Tamaño de la Partícula , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/virología
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Dermatol Online J ; 26(10)2020 Oct 15.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33147660

RESUMEN

Owing to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and emerging data regarding immunosuppressant therapies for inflammatory cutaneous diseases, dermatologists are being encouraged to reevaluate their patients' treatment regimens to minimize any potential risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This article includes an overview of the up-to-date international and U.S. treatment guidelines for psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, and acne/rosacea; it provides tables summarizing these resources to assist providers and patients in remaining updated regarding recommended treatment modifications during the pandemic (See Tables 1-4).


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Dermatitis Atópica/tratamiento farmacológico , Hidradenitis Supurativa/tratamiento farmacológico , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Psoriasis/tratamiento farmacológico , Rosácea/tratamiento farmacológico , Productos Biológicos/uso terapéutico , Infecciones por Coronavirus/complicaciones , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Humanos , Inmunosupresores , Internacionalidad , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral/complicaciones , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Estados Unidos
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Niger Postgrad Med J ; 27(4): 268-270, 2020.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33154277

RESUMEN

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a highly infectious coronavirus, has been rapidly spreading after its surge in China in December 2019. It is currently a global pandemic. A myriad of transmission routes have been documented, however established thus far, are respiratory droplet, contact and airborne transmissions. Susceptible persons at proximity, usually within 1-2 m, to infected persons are largely at risk of being infected. Unfortunately, health workers usually evaluate patients within this distance. Eye care professionals (ECPs) are faced with a higher risk scenario of being infected as they undertake routine clinical eye examination procedures at a close face-to-face proximity to patients, which place them at a high risk of respiratory droplets and aerosolised particles, particularly from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic carriers. The slit lamp examination procedure is typically at a distance of between 0.25 m and 0.5 m. While undertaking certain procedures on the slit lamp, such as gonioscopy and slit lamp indirect ophthalmoscopy, the ECP holds the accessory lenses either directly on the patient's eye or at about 5-10 cm from the patient's face, respectively. The authors found it pertinent to articulate this narrative review article to guide slit lamp examination practice by ECPs during routine ophthalmic evaluation, with a view to reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 to ECPs. In conclusion, ECPs are at increased risk of infection due to high-risk scenarios for routine slit lamp examination procedures of the eye. Adherence to standard precautionary measures with slit lamp use is highly recommended.


Asunto(s)
Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Oftalmología/métodos , Optometría/métodos , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Microscopía con Lámpara de Hendidura , Betacoronavirus , Humanos , Nigeria , Riesgo
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Biomedica ; 40(Supl. 2): 44-49, 2020 10 30.
Artículo en Inglés, Español | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33152187

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During the SARS COV-2 pandemic, the vast majority of infected patients are showing symptoms related to lung damage. At pediatric ages, especially newborns, symptoms from other organ systems without respiratory illness could make COVID-19 hard to diagnose. We are reporting three cases of newborns who were attended in the course of the mitigation phase in the emergency service of a maternal hospital in Barranquilla, Colombia, for high temperature and general compromised condition. During their clinical course, they developed gastrointestinal symptoms without showing any respiratory manifestations. They were not epidemiologically linked to a contact suspected to be a COVID-19 case and their mothers had had no respiratory symptoms since the public health emergency in our country was declared 45 days before. The absence of clinical respiratory manifestations in this group of patients with COVID-19 should draw clinicians' attention to the need to suspect SARS CoV-2 infection in febrile newborns.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus/aislamiento & purificación , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Fiebre/etiología , Transmisión Vertical de Enfermedad Infecciosa , Sepsis Neonatal/etiología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Complicaciones Infecciosas del Embarazo , Adolescente , Adulto , Enfermedades Asintomáticas , Técnicas de Laboratorio Clínico , Infecciones por Coronavirus/sangre , Infecciones por Coronavirus/complicaciones , Infecciones por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Diarrea Infantil/etiología , Servicio de Urgencia en Hospital , Enterocolitis Necrotizante/diagnóstico , Femenino , Productos de Degradación de Fibrina-Fibrinógeno/análisis , Humanos , Recién Nacido , Masculino , Sepsis Neonatal/virología , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral/sangre , Neumonía Viral/complicaciones , Neumonía Viral/diagnóstico , Embarazo , Complicaciones Infecciosas del Embarazo/diagnóstico , Complicaciones Infecciosas del Embarazo/virología , Migrantes , Adulto Joven
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Biomedica ; 40(Supl. 2): 73-76, 2020 10 30.
Artículo en Inglés, Español | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33152190

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Amid the global pandemic crisis, international concern has centered on the control and prevention measures aimed at reducing the speed of the virus transmission while a more radical sanitary measure, such as vaccines, is achieved. Governmental and social efforts have had great impact on various sectors of society and their consequences have exceeded the sphere of health. This essay discusses the scope of specific measures in the sense of the appropriation of risk control measures and proposes the epidemiological method as an alternative that goes beyond the quantification of risks and the attribution of responsibilities. To conclude, the emphasis is placed on the need to promote information about socialization processes to better understand the consequences of individual acts favoring alternatives other than pandemic control based on the use of coercive measures.


Asunto(s)
Control de Enfermedades Transmisibles/métodos , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Autocuidado , Cambio Social , Responsabilidad Social , Control de Enfermedades Transmisibles/organización & administración , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Humanos , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Salud Pública , Política Pública , Conducta de Reducción del Riesgo , Determinantes Sociales de la Salud , Factores Socioeconómicos
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Biomedica ; 40(Supl. 2): 180-187, 2020 10 30.
Artículo en Inglés, Español | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33152202

RESUMEN

The pandemic caused by COVID19 is associated with an increase in the number of cases of cardiorespiratory arrest, which has resulted in ethical concerns regarding the enforceability of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as the conditions to carry it out. The risk of aerosol transmission and the clinical uncertainties about the efficacy, the potential sequelae, and the circumstances that could justify limiting this procedure during the pandemic have multiplied the ethical doubts on how to proceed in these cases. Based on ethical and legal grounds, this paper offers a practical guide on how to proceed in the clinical setting in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest during the pandemic. The criteria of justice, benefit, no harm, respect for autonomy, precaution, integrity, and transparency are asserted in an organized and practical framework for decision-making regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus , Reanimación Cardiopulmonar/ética , Infecciones por Coronavirus/complicaciones , Paro Cardíaco/terapia , Pandemias , Neumonía Viral/complicaciones , Guías de Práctica Clínica como Asunto , Directivas Anticipadas , Aerosoles , Microbiología del Aire , Reanimación Cardiopulmonar/métodos , Toma de Decisiones Clínicas , Colombia/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/prevención & control , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Paro Cardíaco/etiología , Humanos , Control de Infecciones/métodos , Transmisión de Enfermedad Infecciosa de Paciente a Profesional/prevención & control , Inutilidad Médica , Exposición Profesional , Pandemias/prevención & control , Autonomía Personal , Equipo de Protección Personal , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Justicia Social
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 19589, 2020 11 11.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33177563

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Evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2, as well as other coronaviruses, can be dispersed and potentially transmitted by aerosols directly or via ventilation systems. We therefore investigated ventilation openings in one COVID-19 ward and central ducts that expel indoor air from three COVID-19 wards at Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden, during April and May 2020. Swab samples were taken from individual ceiling ventilation openings and surfaces in central ducts. Samples were subsequently subjected to rRT-PCR targeting the N and E genes of SARS-CoV-2. Central ventilation HEPA filters, located several stories above the wards, were removed and portions analyzed in the same manner. In two subsequent samplings, SARS-CoV-2 N and E genes were detected in seven and four out of 19 room vents, respectively. Central ventilation HEPA exhaust filters from the ward were found positive for both genes in three samples. Corresponding filters from two other, adjacent COVID-19 wards were also found positive. Infective ability of the samples was assessed by inoculation of susceptible cell cultures but could not be determined in these experiments. Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in central ventilation systems, distant from patient areas, indicate that virus can be transported long distances and that droplet transmission alone cannot reasonably explain this, especially considering the relatively low air change rates in these wards. Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 must be taken into consideration for preventive measures.


Asunto(s)
Betacoronavirus/fisiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/transmisión , Hospitales , Neumonía Viral/transmisión , Aerosoles , Animales , Betacoronavirus/genética , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecciones por Coronavirus/epidemiología , Infecciones por Coronavirus/virología , Filtración , Pandemias/prevención & control , Neumonía Viral/epidemiología , Neumonía Viral/virología , ARN Viral/análisis , Ventilación , Células Vero
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