PREVIEW: Surface check for COVID-19


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — At the beginning of the pandemic last spring, we were all concerned about the likelihood of catching COVID-19 from surfaces we encountered at work or in public.

Science now tells us we are more likely to catch it from close contact or breathing infected air.

But it is still possible to catch it by touch.

An Oregon company that developed a test for surfaces provided KELOLAND Investigates with one of its test kits.

KELOLAND’s Angela Kennecke swabbed surfaces around town to see if the virus could be detected in any of these public places.

Angela Kennecke: If you touched a door handle and it was loaded with a virus, you really would have to touch your face, right—to get it?

Laura Dirks: Yes, absolutely. You can’t just get it directly from the door handle”

Coming up in Monday’s KELOLAND News investigation, find out which of our samples tested positive for COVID-19 and which contained the highest number of particles of the virus. Plus see how this kind of testing could prevent outbreaks in places like nursing homes at 10.

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