Research Articles

Ability for Germs to Spread Between Spaces

Use of Hygiene Protocols to Control the Spread of Viruses in a Hotel

Published: Food and Environmental Virology, February 2015


Understanding the routes through which germs can be transmitted enables better methods for controlling and reducing the number of microorganisms in an environment. Enteric and respiratory viruses are among the most common causes of illnesses in indoor environments, such as hotels. This study explored the transmission of a simulated respiratory virus to track the spread throughout hotel rooms and conference area.


Researchers found that viruses spread between hotel rooms, communal areas, and conference center by both housekeeping staff and guests. The viruses spread rapidly and were transmitted back and forth between spaces. Implementing additional hygiene practices by housekeeping staff reduced the contamination in guest rooms by 87%.