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Publication . Preprint . 2021

Wearing masks and establishing COVID-19 areas reduces secondary attack risk in nursing homes

Bastien Reyné; Christian Selinger; Mircea T. Sofonea; Stéphanie Miot; Amandine Pisoni; Edouard Tuaillon; Jean Bousquet; +2 Authors
Open Access
Published: 20 Mar 2021
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France

AbstractBackgroundCOVID-19 is spreading rapidly in nursing homes (NHs). It is urgent to evaluate the effect of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to reduce COVID spreading.MethodsWe analysed COVID-19 outbreaks in 12 NH using rRT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2. We estimated secondary attack risks (SARs) and identified cofactors associated with the proportion of infected residents.ResultsThe SAR was below 5%, suggesting a high efficiency of IPC measures. Mask-wearing or establishment of COVID-19 zones for infected residents were associated with lower SAR.ConclusionsWearing masks and isolating potentially infected residents appear to limit SARS-CoV-2 spread in nursing homes.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Infection control Outbreak 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Environmental health Medicine business.industry business Nursing homes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)


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