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SARS-CoV-2 is not found in the sweat of COVID-19 positive patients

Authors
  • Arslan, Bengi1
  • Bercin, Sami2
  • Aydogan, Sibel3
  • Islamoglu, Yuce1
  • Dinc, Bedia3
  • 1 Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2 Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University,
  • 3 Department of Medical Microbiology, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
Type
Published Article
Journal
Irish Journal of Medical Science
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Feb 12, 2021
Pages
1–3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11845-021-02537-y
PMID: 33580478
PMCID: PMC7880206
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Background As the SARS-CoV-2 virus made a pandemic all over the world, its transmission routes became significant. Transmission from human to human is known, but other possible routes are not determined well. Aims This study aimed to reveal the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus in sweat. Methods This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care education and training hospital. Fifty patients were included in this study. Skin disinfection was done with an alcohol-based solution. Swabs for RT-PCR (real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction) were taken from forehead and axilla skin after sweating patients for 30 min. After collection of sweat, swabs were placed into 2 ml of sterile viral transport medium, then transported quickly to the microbiology laboratory. Results No SARS-CoV-2 virus was detected in RT-PCR of forehead and axilla swabs. Conclusion This study showed that there is no transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus via sweat. However, general precautions must be taken while doing interventional procedures.

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