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Title: Sports balls as potential SARS-CoV-2 transmission vectors.
Authors: Pelisser, M
Thompson, J
Majra, D
Youhanna, S
Stebbing, J
Davies, P
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Objects passed from one player to another have not been assessed for their ability to transmit severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We found that the surface of sport balls, notably a football, tennis ball, golf ball, and cricket ball could not harbour inactivated virus when it was swabbed onto the surface, even for 30 ​s. However, when high concentrations of 5000 ​dC/mL and 10,000 ​dC/mL are directly pipetted onto the balls, it could be detected after for short time periods. Sports objects can only harbour inactivated SARS-CoV-2 under specific, directly transferred conditions, but wiping with a dry tissue or moist 'baby wipe' or dropping and rolling the balls removes all detectable viral traces. This has helpful implications to sporting events.
Issue Date: Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance: 3-Jul-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/90263
DOI: 10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100029
ISSN: 2666-5352
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 1
End Page: 5
Journal / Book Title: Public Health in Practice
Volume: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of The Royal Society for Public Health. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Sponsor/Funder: National Institute for Health Research
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust- BRC Funding
Funder's Grant Number: NIHR-RP-011-053
RDB01 79560
Keywords: COVID-19
Cricket
Football
Golf
SARS-CoV-2
Sports
Tennis
Transmission
COVID-19
Cricket
Football
Golf
SARS-CoV-2
Sports
Tennis
Transmission
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2020-07-10
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer
Imperial College London COVID-19