COVID-19 – infection prevention and control literature – December 2020

Papers that related to COVID-19 infection prevention and control from the daily COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit  listings and other identified literature.  This posting does not assess the specific evidence or its quality. Please let me know of any significant gaps – @mdjkf .

Peer reviewed journals

  • Meta-analysis: Effectiveness of N95 respirators and surgical/face masks in preventing airborne infections in the era of SARS-CoV2 here  . Yet another go over the pre-SARS-COV-2 evidence with little change to the findings.  [There is only one currently registered RCT of medical masks vs respirators for COVID-19 care underway worldwide- completes in April 2021 and apparently enrolling well] 
  • SARS-Coronavirus-2 cases in healthcare workers may not regularly originate from patient care: lessons from a university hospital on the underestimated risk of healthcare worker to healthcare worker transmission [outbreak ix]  here
  • A systematic review and meta-analysis on household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 here
  • Classification of aerosol-generating procedures: a rapid systematic review here 
  • Detection of SARS-CoV-2 within the healthcare environment: a multicentre study conducted during the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in England here
  • COVID-19 and its impact in the dental setting: A scoping review here 
  • Risks of Aerosol Contamination in Dental Procedures during the Second Wave of COVID-19-Experience and Proposals of Innovative IPC in Dental Practice here
  • Hearing the voices of Australian healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic here
  • Surgical Mask Partition Reduces the Risk of Noncontact Transmission in a Golden Syrian Hamster Model for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) here
  • Evidence of Long-Distance Droplet Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Direct Air Flow in a Restaurant in Korea here
  • Assessment of Air Contamination by SARS-CoV-2 in Hospital Settings (JAMA evidence review) here 
  • Non-COVID area of a tertiary care hospital: A major source of nosocomial COVID-19 transmission here 
  • A Serious Game Designed to Promote Safe Behaviors Among Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Development of “Escape COVID-19” here


  • Minimizing exposure to respiratory droplets, ‘jet riders’ and aerosols in air conditioned hospital rooms by a ‘Shield-and-Sink’ strategy – modeling study here 

Editorials & correspondence

  • SARS-CoV-2 and aerosols-Arguing over the evidence here

  • [Prolonged] Shedding of Viable SARS-CoV-2 after Immunosuppressive Therapy for Cancer here

  • Update Alert 4: Masks for Prevention of Respiratory Virus Infections, Including SARS-CoV-2, in Health Care and Community Settings here 
  • Scientific evidence supports aerosol transmission of SARS-COV-2 here 


  • Cochrane Meta-analysis: Interventions to reduce contaminated aerosols produced during dental procedures for preventing infectious diseases here

Guidance and reports

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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician
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