As far as we know, the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing COVID-19 disease is transmitted from person to person as the fastest. But if there is one thing the outbreak has taught us, it is that surfaces and objects can also transmit the disease quickly. A new study reveals how the infection can spread even within the hospital despite protective measures.
Microbiologists from the University of London Academy (UCL) in the UK have discovered that even in hospital rooms designed specifically for the new type of coronavirus disease COVID-19, infection can easily be transmitted to other people.
In the study, scientists who left a human-free virus under the bed in a hospital room observed that the virus spread to almost half the room in less than 10 hours. The researchers, who followed the infection process for five days, took samples from 44 different regions in the unit.
The team, who found that the representative virus spread to 41 percent of the room, including bed rails, door handles, armrests and books, in less than 10 hours, linked this result to poor cleaning, poor hygiene, and patient mobility.
A coronavirus patient; It can spread the virus to various surfaces and inanimate objects through sneezing, speaking or touching. Other people who touch these surfaces with virus-bearing micro-droplets are at risk of COVID-19.
“The findings from our study show that hand hygiene and disinfection play a very important role against infected surfaces,” said micro-biologist Lena Ciric, co-author of the study. “We had infused the virus only once in a single area, but the infection spread rapidly through the touch of staff, patients and visitors,” he said.
The plant pathogen virus used for this research can be easily killed by disinfecting the surface it is infected or by washing your hands. This also applies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. In fact, a single alcohol wipe can kill 98.88 to 99.84 percent of the representative virus used by researchers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if someone comes into contact with a surface contaminated with coronavirus, it may be the most common form of transmission.
On the other hand, it is critical that healthcare professionals wash their hands regularly and clean the surfaces in order to limit their contamination power as much as possible. Unfortunately, new research shows that even in hospitals with strict hygiene practices, a virus has the potential to spread rapidly. Be you, at least make sure to wash your hands regularly until the outbreak is completely over.