Coughing, sneezing, or simply shaking bed sheets can send superbugs flying, allowing them to contaminate clean surfaces.
“The level of contamination immediately around the patient’s bed was high but you would expect that. Hospitals keep beds clean and disinfect the tables and surfaces next to beds,” says Cath Noakes of the University of Leeds.
“However, we also captured significant quantities of bacteria right across the room, up to 3.5 meters away and especially along the route of the airflows in the room.”
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