7 News has reported a new study has revealed that coronavirus can linger in the air even when an infected patient is no longer in the room.
Scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre in the US say they found traces of the virus in rooms and hallways after patients had been taken into isolation. In a paper published to online medical site MedRxiv, the researchers said the discovery illustrates the importance of keeping coronavirus patients in negative pressure environments to prevent transmission.
In the study, which is not peer-reviewed, air samples were collected from 11 hospital rooms where infected patients had been. The air samples taken from room and hallways showed concentrated levels of the virus remained even if there was no longer a patient in the room.
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