Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients in Earlier Stages Exhaled Millions of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Per Hour

Jianxin Ma, Xiao Qi, Haoxuan Chen, Xinyue Li, Zheng Zhang, Haibin Wang, Lingli Sun, Lu Zhang, Jiazhen Guo, Lidia Morawska, Sergey A. Grinshpun, Pratim Biswas, Richard C. Flagan, Maosheng Yao

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Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients exhaled millions of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA copies per hour, which plays an important role in COVID-19 transmission. Exhaled breath had a higher positive rate (26.9%, n = 52) than surface (5.4%, n = 242) and air (3.8%, n = 26) samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e652-e654
JournalClinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Volume72
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • airborne transmission
  • exhaled breath

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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