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Single Sneeze Contaminates Whole Room, Says Study

by Kathy Jones on  February 3, 2011 at 9:23 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A new report published in the Journal of Royal Society Interface reveals that a single sneeze can continue to contaminate the room for more than an hour.
 Single Sneeze Contaminates Whole Room, Says Study
Single Sneeze Contaminates Whole Room, Says Study
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Researchers from Virginia Tech in United States analyzed air samples from three airplanes, a waiting room at a healthcare clinic and from three different rooms in a nursery. According to the report, half of the samples contained small droplets which were contaminated with flu virus.

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An average cubic meter of the sample had more than 16,000 particles of flu virus which were still active hours after the sneeze.

"Given these concentrations, the amount of viruses a person would inhale over one hour would be ­adequate to induce infection. The virus-laden aerosols are small enough that the smallest ones can remain suspended for days", lead researcher Linsey Marr said.




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This is the reason why we should cover our mouth and nose when we sneeze. We should do this to avoid spreading infection.
ennairam_23 Friday, February 4, 2011

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