Long Sleeves on Doctors’ White Coats May Spread Germs

Long Sleeves on Doctors' White Coats May Spread GermsDoctors may want to roll up their sleeves before work, literally. A new study suggests that long sleeves on a doctor’s white coat may become contaminated with viruses or other pathogens that could then be transmitted to patients.

They found that, when the health care workers wore long-sleeved coats, 25 percent of the simulations resulted in contamination of their sleeves or wrists with the virus DNA marker, compared with none when the health care workers wore short-sleeved coats.

Rachael Rettner, Scientific American, October 14, 2017