sneezed bacteria travels four metres and lasts for 45 minutes in the air, queensland study finds

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the spread of airborne diseases could be reduced through redesigned ventilation of offices, schools and hospitals, queensland researchers hope.scientists from the queensland university of technology and the university of queensland have discovered that some bacteria can spread up to four metres and remain alive in the air for up to 45 minutes after being coughed or sneezed. the advice to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze has scientific backing at last. photo: suppliedthe outbreak of the sars epidemic in 2003 sparked the research of professor lidia morawska, director of the international laboratory for air quality and health at qut.the sars outbreak in 2003 saw about 300 people infected by one person who stayed in a hong kong hotel for just one night.  professor lidia morawska looked into the physics of infectious airborne bacteria expelled by the body. photo: erika fishfollowing the outbreak, questions were asked how the epidemic spread so quickly to s......

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