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A new study by Chinese researchers published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on hospital wards housing Covid-10 patents has been published showing that the coronavirus can travel up to 13 feet.
Current social distancing mandates people stay at least 6 feet from eachother, but this recommendation may not be enough.
The preliminary results of the investigation at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan cautioned that small quantities of the virus found at this distance may not necessarily be infectious however.
The Chinese researchers found that the virus was mostly found on the floors of the wards as they said, “perhaps because of gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground.”
According to yahoo, “high levels were also found on frequently touched surfaces like computer mice, trashcans, bed rails and door knobs.” “Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive,” the team wrote. “Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.”
Whether or not this effects US strategy on how individuals should distance themselves out in public is unknown at this time. The study also said that no hospital staff were infected where the study was done which offers encouragement that current safety precautions such as wearing face masks and thorough hand washing helps mitigate the transmission of the virus.