Corona virus germs can travel up to thirteen feet away from a patient, according to a new study.
Air samples obtained from Corona Ward, a hospital in China, have revealed that virus particles can travel a distance of 13 feet beyond the patient, AFP reported.
The preliminary findings of a research by Chinese scientists have been published in the American Research Journal. A team from China’s Military Medical Science Academy tested the aerial specimens of a hospital intensive care ward in Wuhan. Corona had 24 patients in this ward.
According to the general guidelines of the investigating agencies, to avoid corona infection, the patient should be at least six feet away. But this new research has revealed a new aspect of the virus as to how the corona actually spreads and transmits from one to the other.
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New research has found that the germs of the virus were found mostly on the floor of the wards or in places that are most commonly used, such as a computer mouse, odor basket, door handle or patient bed. Railing of
Samples were also taken from the shoes of medical staff working in the intensive care ward that found evidence of virus particles. According to scientists, the footprint of the medical staff may have caused the virus to move from one place to another.
The study notes that none of the medical staff in the ward was infected with the virus, which suggests that the virus could be prevented if appropriate precautions were taken.
Research has shown that the germs of the virus are capable of traveling up to thirteen feet ahead of the patient while only eight feet above the patient can travel in the air in very small quantities.
Virus ‘presence in the atmosphere’ is a controversial topic for scientists and there is currently no clear research on this which has been agreed by all scientists. It is unclear to what extent small amounts of germs in the atmosphere can spread the disease. Scientists have previously said that some of the virus particles at a distance are not harmful.
According to AFP, the World Health Organization is refusing to exaggerate the risks associated with the virus. But US health institutions are urging their citizens to be more careful and wear out-of-pocket masks.
According to research, keeping corona patients in isolation at home may not be the best strategy given the bacterial ability to travel in the air.