High amounts of the novel coronavirus can be found in the air in several hospital settings, a new study suggests. Researchers found that one-quarter of all ICU rooms with COVID-19 patients were contaminated with genetic material of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2.
What’s more, more than 20 percent of samples from toilets and bathrooms as well as more than half of samples from hallways came back positive.
The team, from Central Hospital at the University of Nantes, in France, says the high concentration of the virus, along with many people cramped in poorly ventilated rooms, could explain how frontline healthcare workers end up contracting the virus despite wearing personal protective equipment.
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