It Only Takes A Few Hours For A Virus To Spread Through An Entire Office

September 8, 2014 5:02 PM

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Once a virus makes it onto an office doorknob, it only takes a few hours before it can be found on 40 to 60 percent of the people inside a workplace -- as well as 40 to 60 percent of other commonly-touched objects, like an elevator button or printer -- according to famed germ scientist Charles Gerba, Ph.D., of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Luckily, it’s just as easy to halt the spread of a virus, thanks to a few well-placed hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes.

Gerba arrived at his conclusions after conducting a novel study in which he actually planted “tracer viruses" -- meaning viruses that are not harmful to human health, but resemble those that are -- inside offices and then measured how fast and how far they spread. He then provided workers with what ...

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