Ten hours from bed rail to whole ward: Covid’s terrifying speed revealed
A new study, in a simulated hospital situation, underlines yet again the huge importance of simple hygiene
Ten hours. That was how long it took for a virus like Covid-19 to spread from a hospital bed rail to the whole ward.And it stayed there for five days.
This was the finding of a group of researchers who artificially replicated a section of DNA from a plant-infecting virus that cannot infect humans, but which spreads in the same way as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19).
The scientists, from London’s University College and Great Ormond Street Hospital, wanted to explore, safely, how quickly Covid-19 can make its way through a hospital...