From the CDC report: The rate of positive results was relatively high for floor swab samples (ICU 7/10, 70%; GW 2/13, 15.4%), perhaps because of gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground. In addition, as medical staff walk around the ward, the virus can be tracked all over the floor, as indicated by the 100% rate of positive results from the floor in the pharmacy, where there were no patients. Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive. Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.
Studies find floors to be contaminated with COVID-19
Researchers discovered a “100 percent rate of positive tests from the floor” of a hospital pharmacy, where no COVID-19 patients were present. They also found that “half the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive.” This means that a floor scrubber is important for preventing future outbreaks of Viruses and clean up of Bacteria
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Researchers discovered a “100 percent rate of positivity from the floor” of a hospital pharmacy, where no COVID-19 patients were present. They also found that “half the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive.” ‘Efforts to improve disinfection in work environments usually focus on surfaces that are frequently touched,’ according to the researchers. ‘Although facility floors are often heavily contaminated, limited attention has been paid to disinfection of floors because they are not frequently touched.‘ [However], the results of our study suggest that floors could be … a source of pathogens and are an important area for additional research.’ This applies not to just hospital floors but floors in all types of facilities, according to Morrison. ‘One way to help eliminate this ‘under-appreciated source of pathogens’ is to stop mopping floors. Mops can spread contamination. Floor cleaning alternatives that do not involve mops should be selected. It’s more important today than ever before.’ Contact us today to learn how we can help keep your plant, office or facility virus free.