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First Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 on the Surfaces of Tourist-Recreational Facilities in Italy

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Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology—Hygiene Section, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Piazza G. Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy
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Department of Prevention, Food Hygiene and Nutrition Service, Local Health Unit BT, Barletta-Andria-Trani, 76125 Trani, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3252; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063252
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 18 March 2021 / Accepted: 19 March 2021 / Published: 21 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New and Re-emerging Pathogens)
A Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by a new virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), spreads via direct contact through droplets produced by infected individuals. The transmission of this virus can also occur via indirect contact if objects and surfaces are contaminated by secretions from individuals with COVID-19 or asymptomatic carriers. Environmental contamination with SARS-CoV-2 is high in hospital settings; on the contrary, surface contamination in non-healthcare settings is still poorly studied. In this study, the presence of SARS-CoV-2 on the surfaces of 20 tourist-recreational facilities was investigated by performing a total of 100 swabs on surfaces, including refrigerator handles, handrails, counters, tables, and bathroom access doors. Six (6%) swabs from four (20%) tourist-recreational facilities tested positive for SARS-CoV-2; the surfaces that were involved were toilet door handles, refrigerator handles, handrails, and bar counters. This study highlights that SARS-CoV-2 is also present in non-healthcare environments; therefore, in order to limit this worrying pandemic, compliance with behavioral rules and the adoption of preventive and protective measures are of fundamental importance not only in healthcare or work environments but also in life environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; tourist-recreational facilities; respiratory infections; environment; surface COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; tourist-recreational facilities; respiratory infections; environment; surface
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Montagna, M.T.; De Giglio, O.; Calia, C.; Pousis, C.; Apollonio, F.; Campanale, C.; Diella, G.; Lopuzzo, M.; Marzella, A.; Triggiano, F.; Marcotrigiano, V.; Sorrenti, D.P.; Sorrenti, G.T.; Magarelli, P.; Caggiano, G. First Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 on the Surfaces of Tourist-Recreational Facilities in Italy. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3252. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063252

AMA Style

Montagna MT, De Giglio O, Calia C, Pousis C, Apollonio F, Campanale C, Diella G, Lopuzzo M, Marzella A, Triggiano F, Marcotrigiano V, Sorrenti DP, Sorrenti GT, Magarelli P, Caggiano G. First Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 on the Surfaces of Tourist-Recreational Facilities in Italy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):3252. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063252

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Montagna, Maria T., Osvalda De Giglio, Carla Calia, Chrysovalentinos Pousis, Francesca Apollonio, Carmen Campanale, Giusy Diella, Marco Lopuzzo, Angelo Marzella, Francesco Triggiano, Vincenzo Marcotrigiano, Domenico P. Sorrenti, Giovanni T. Sorrenti, Pantaleo Magarelli, and Giuseppina Caggiano. 2021. "First Detection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 on the Surfaces of Tourist-Recreational Facilities in Italy" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 3252. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063252

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