SARS-CoV-2 can be deposited on surfaces when shed from an infected individual. Hospitals have implemented increased routine cleaning protocols. The purpose of this study is to determine the level of contamination, the efficacy of the cleaning protocol, and if certain host factors influence the levels of the virus on surfaces.
Multiple surfaces (bedside table, remotes, door handles, bathroom surfaces, scrubs, etc.) will be sampled prior to, and immediately following routine disinfection. The rooms that will be sampled will be active COVID-19 rooms. Hospital personnel will be trained on how to collect samples. Samples will be analyzed to determine the presence and the concentration of the virus on the surface to determine the efficacy of the disinfection protocol.
In addition, de-identified patient data will be received from Banner University Medical Center. Information to be collected will include age, sex, underlying conditions, and onset/severity of the illness to determine correlations between these factors and the presence of the virus on surfaces.