How Quickly Viruses Can Contaminate Buildings and How to Stop Them

Source: American Society for Microbiology, Press Release, September 9, 2014

Using tracer viruses, researchers found that contamination of just a single doorknob or table top results in the spread of viruses throughout office buildings, hotels, and health care facilities. Within 2 to 4 hours, the virus could be detected on 40 to 60 percent of workers and visitors in the facilities and commonly touched objects, according to research presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), an infectious disease meeting of the American Society for Microbiology…. “Using disinfecting wipes containing quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS) registered by EPA as effective against viruses like norovirus and flu, along with hand hygiene, reduced virus spread by 80 to 99 percent,” he says. …
This Is How Ridiculously Fast Viruses Can Spread In The Workplace
Source: George Dvorsky,, September 9, 2014

…It’s important to note that the rate of infection among workers was not tracked (the experiment merely followed the spread of the phage around the building). What’s more, the prescription — the use of disinfecting wipes — could eventually backfire by creating hardier viruses that are more resistant to such chemicals. …