Heard about an interesting paper today (sadly not open access) describing airflow simulations in an aerosol chamber. Basically they showed that if you release bugs from a mannequin, they spread all over the room… up to 3.5 meters away. A worthwhile study, but not something that wasn’t known already. What made this get so much press is that the authors used Staphyloccus aureus, the same bug that when resistant to certain antibiotics we know as MRSA.
Enter the headlines “Fears of risk of air transmission of superbugs” and “Airborne superbugs elude hospital cleaning regimes”. A bit over the top in my opinion.