Research presented in Washington DC at the ASM’s 54th ICAAC held from September 5-9, 2014 found rapid virus spread from contamination of just a single doorknob or table top. The research used surrogate “tracer” viruses. Within 2 to 4 hours these could be detected on 40% to 60% of healthcare workers and visitors and commonly touched items. Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, Texas claims that using effective disinfectants can reduce virus counts by 80% to 99%. The research highlights the dangers in over-looking intimate patient environments such as medical pillows when cleaning and disinfecting other high touch equipment. Of course, such cleaning and disinfection can only be effective when deploying pathogen barrier medical pillows which prevent ingress of virus and bacteria in the first instance. See the SleepAngel medical pillow slide set for more.