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The presence and distribution of novel coronavirus in a medical environment

      To the Editor: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has constituted a global pandemic,
      • Bedford J.
      • Enria D.
      • Giesecke J.
      • et al.
      COVID-19: towards controlling of a pandemic.
      and infections of medical staff with severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-Cov-2) are a major concern because the number of infected medical staff in Spain has exceeded 10,000.
      • Anelli F.
      • Leoni G.
      • Monaco R.
      • et al.
      Italian doctors call for protecting healthcare workers and boosting community surveillance during COVID-19 outbreak.
      A significant undertaking is to explore possible routes of infection for medical staff to strengthen their protection, reduce the infection rate, and effectively control the epidemic.
      The Lancet. COVID-19: protecting health-care workers.
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