Viruses Spread Throughout The Office With Amazing Speed

Viruses Spread Throughout The Office With Amazing Speed

Researchers at the University of Arizona demonstrated just how fast a sickness can spread throughout a building by purposefully contaminating surfaces with a harmless virus. The team waited for various periods of time while employees went about their days, then tested both the workers and office surfaces for traces of the virus. It only took around four hours for the virus to spread to 40-60% of the tested surfaces-and to the hands of around half of the employees.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Viruses spread rapidly in part because people put their hands on contaminated surfaces. (0:15)

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    In one study on the spread of viruses throughout an office building, the bathroom was the last place to be contaminated. (1:33)

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    Washing your hands and using disinfecting products can reduce the spread of a virus by 80–90%. (1:44)

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