Researchers from the Center for Translational Medicine of the International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) has recently performed their own testing of various surfaces for the presence of COVID-19 viruses on the hospital premises. The results are clear – everything is negative and safe.
The staff of the center performed tests especially in places with a high concentration of patients and hospital visitors. “For example, we tested front door handles, coffee machines, elevator buttons, bells for various departments.… Simply extremely exposed surfaces that are likely to be affected by the vast majority of hospital visitors,” said Giancarlo Forte, head of the Center for Translational Medicine and FNUSA-ICRC Deputy.
The test results are clear. “I can confirm that these surfaces are absolutely safe for visitors. We did not find any traces of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in any of them, “confirmed Giancarlo Forte. “I would like to thank my colleagues – Jan Vrbský and Ondřej Mrkva (see photos below) – who devoted themselves to it one hundred and ten percent.“
In addition to publicly accessible areas, the researchers also performed tests at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation FNUSA and LF MU, where patients with severe COVID-19 disease were placed. “As expected, the tests were positive only in places where infected patients were present, such as a bed. This clearly means that we proceeded correctly throughout the pandemic, the viruses remained only where they were supposed to be, and where only trained personnel came into contact with them, “said prof. MUDr. Vladimír Šrámek, Ph.D., Head of ARK FNUSA and LF MU.
Surface testing is not over yet, it will be repeated within fourteen days. Experts from FNUSA-ICRC will also focus on the presence of other pathogens, such as influenza virus.