Here's another reason why routine cleaning is *important*: New research shows that the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 can linger in patients’ bedrooms and bathrooms, according to AFP via ABS-CBN News. However, cleaning surfaces and floors with a common disinfectant was shown to kill the virus.
Researchers at Singapore's National Center for Infectious Diseases and DSO National Laboratories conducted the study. They sampled the isolation rooms of three patients: one before routine cleaning and two afterwards.
The one room that was sampled before cleaning—which housed the patient with the mildest symptoms of the three—tested positive for the virus in majority of the sites.
These included the chair, bed rail, floor, light switches, and glass window in the bedroom, as well as the sink, door handle, and toilet bowl in the bathroom. Air samples tested negative but swabs from the air exhaust outlets showed traces of the virus.
This suggests that environmental contamination may play a role in the spread of the disease, but the extent remains “unclear.”
To conduct the study, researchers cleaned surfaces twice a day and floors once a day using a common disinfectant.
COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It has killed over 3,200 people and infected over 92,000 people around the world, according to CNN. In the Philippines, there have been three confirmed cases. One resulted in death, one recovered, and one was belatedly confirmed after she had left the country, according to The Guardian.
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