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COVID-19 Surface Persistence: A Recent Data Summary and Its Importance for Medical and Dental Settings

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Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences, Morphological and Functional Images, University of Messina, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria “G. Martino”, Via Consolare Valeria, 98100 Messina, Italy
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Clinical Analysis Laboratory “Dott. Francesco Siracusa Rizzi s.r.l.”, Via Nazionale Archi, 89121 Reggio Calabria, RC, Italy
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Unit of Microbiology and Virology, North Health Center ASP 5, 89100 Reggio Calabria, RC, Italy
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Azienda Ospedaliera Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli, 89100 Reggio Calabria, RC, Italy
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IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan 20132, Italy
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Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, Italy
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Nuclear Medicine Unit, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morpho-Functional Imaging, University of Messina, 98100 Messina, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3132; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093132
Received: 14 April 2020 / Revised: 27 April 2020 / Accepted: 28 April 2020 / Published: 30 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dental Public Health: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities)
Recently, due to the coronavirus pandemic, many guidelines and anti-contagion strategies continue to report unclear information about the persistence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the environment. This certainly generates insecurity and fear in people, with an important psychological component that is not to be underestimated at this stage of the pandemic. The purpose of this article is to highlight all the sources currently present in the literature concerning the persistence of the different coronaviruses in the environment as well as in medical and dental settings. As this was a current study, there are still not many sources in the literature, and scientific strategies are moving towards therapy and diagnosis, rather than knowing the characteristics of the virus. Such an article could be an aid to summarize virus features and formulate new guidelines and anti-spread strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; virus; epidemiology; surfaces; infection risk COVID-19; virus; epidemiology; surfaces; infection risk
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Fiorillo, L.; Cervino, G.; Matarese, M.; D’Amico, C.; Surace, G.; Paduano, V.; Fiorillo, M.T.; Moschella, A.; La Bruna, A.; Romano, G.L.; Laudicella, R.; Baldari, S.; Cicciù, M. COVID-19 Surface Persistence: A Recent Data Summary and Its Importance for Medical and Dental Settings. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3132.

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