Good info to have during flu season.
People suffering from the flu can give off small virus particles into the air at greater distances than previously thought, putting the health care workers who treat these patients at increased risk for getting the virus themselves, researchers report.
The investigators, from Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, suggest that more studies are needed on how the flu is spread. Infection-control guidelines for health care providers may also need to be updated to help these workers protect their health.
The study was published in the current edition of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
“Our study offers new evidence of the natural emission of influenza and may provide a better understanding of how to best protect health care providers during routine care activities,” the researchers, led by Dr. Werner Bischoff, wrote in the report.
For the study, Bischoff’s team screened 94 patients with flu symptoms who were admitted…
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