Office workers share more than reports and chit-chat when they show up for work each day. They also share germs, according to a new study by University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba. A recent article in Mother Nature Network describes how Dr. Gerba tracked the spread of a harmless virus across surfaces in offices, hotel rooms and health care facilities.
The harmless virus was a surrogate for the flu and norovirus. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that annually causes about 20 million cases of illness and up to about 71,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths. The flu can cause between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths in a given year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gerba found from an initial contamination of one or two surfaces (also known as fomites) in these environments, 40 to 60 percent of available surfaces became contaminated with the surrogate … READ MORE >>READ MORE >>