The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that those who have the influenza (flu) virus can spread it from up to six feet away. Between December 26th, 2015 and January 5th, 2016, they reported that influenza activity increased slightly around the country.
Flu viruses are thought to be spread mainly when those who have the flu sneeze, cough, or talk, releasing droplets of germs that can be inhaled by anyone who is within 6 feet of the person who is suffering from the virus. However, it's also possible that the virus can be spread by contaminated surfaces, like workplace bathrooms or kitchen areas.
Many facility managers are aware of the increased possibility of contamination of workplace commonplaces and air flow relating to transmission of the flu virus. Jeff Dryfhout, global Marketing Director of Aeramax Professional, provides us with some insight about the airborne spread of the influenza virus in office buildings and other common areas, and how facilities managers can help prevent flu transmission here.