SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Workers Despite the Use of Surgical Masks and Physical Distancing-the Role of Airborne Transmission

Lotem Goldberg, Yoel Levinsky, Nufar Marcus, Vered Hoffer, Michal Gafner, Shai Hadas, Sraya Kraus, Meirav Mor, Oded Scheuerman
Open Forum Infectious Diseases 2021, 8 (3): ofab036
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets. A key question in the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is whether SARS-CoV-2 could be transmitted via the airborne route as well. We report for the first time SARS-CoV-2 nosocomial infections despite using surgical masks and physical distancing. This report may provide possible evidence for airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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