A team led by microbiologist Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, has revealed in a recent study that a virus can spread around a whole building within two hours of coming into contact with just one surface. The team found that up to 60 per cent of the surfaces sampled were contaminated with the virus within just two to four hours. However, there is a simple solution for combating the spread, says Mr Gerba, who found using disinfecting wipes registered as effective against viruses like norovirus and flu, along with hand hygiene, reduced the spread by between 80 and 99 per cent.
Mr Gerba concluded: “The results show that viral contamination of (surfaces) in facilities occurs quickly, and that a simple intervention can greatly help to reduce exposure to viruses.”
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