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Sunday, 10 January 2021

‘Covid not transmissible through open wounds’

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 9

According to a study conducted by PGI doctors, coronavirus is not present in the wounds of a Covid patient.

The institute studied abdominal emergencies, including wound swabs, peritoneal fluid and bowel tissues, but none tested positive for the virus. This study was performed at the Department of Plastic Surgery, in collaboration with the Department of Virology, PGI, and was carried out by Dr Sunil Gaba, Dr Gowtham Kampalli, Dr Kapil Goyal, Dr Vikas Suri, Dr Poonam Chauhan, Dr Shyam C Meena, Dr Ankur Bhatnagar, Dr Mini P Singh and Dr Ramesh K Sharma.

In the study, wound specimens from Covid-19 positive patients were collected for studying the presence of SARS CoV-2 to study the possible transmission of Covid though open wounds. Eight patients were part of the study and eleven samples were analysed, but none of the wound samples tested positive for the virus.

The PGI doctors have also suggested that with the daily increase in cases, there is an ongoing burden on dedicated Covid hospitals for new beds and healthcare workers. Patients with wounds, whose throat swabs are negative, can be referred back to their regional health centres to decrease the burden on Covid hospitals.

from The Tribune

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