Viruses spread quickly through offices

A study at the University of Arizona found that within only a few hours, a virus commonly known as the “stomach flu” can spread through a busy office building, simply from a contaminated elevator button or light switch.

The study was conducted by dabbing samples of a tracer virus onto one or two items that are regularly interacted with, such as a door knob in office conference rooms and a health care facility. Traces of the virus were then found on 40 to 60 percent of the people and on frequently touched objects in the building within 2 to 4 hours.

By using disinfectant wipes containing quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS), the researchers found that they were able to reduce the spread of the virus by 80 to 99 percent, The study concluded that “a simple intervention can greatly help to reduce exposures to viruses”.

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Sourced from: Medical News Today, Viruses can spread surprisingly quickly through buildings