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Snapshot PCR Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in Hospital Staff in England
Significant nosocomial transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been demonstrated. Understanding the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 carriage amongst HCWs at work is necessary to inform the development of HCW screening programmes to control nosocomial spread. Methods Cross-sectional snapshot survey from April-May 2020; HCWs recruited from six UK hospitals. Participants self-completed a health questionnaire and underwent a combined viral nose and throat swab, tested by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) fordoi:10.1101/2020.06.14.20128876 fatcat:eintg4tmxncobigzrf5gn7due4