Unnerving Video Shows Just How Easily an Infection Can Spread Through Contact

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In theory, by now all of us should understand why washing our hands, wearing masks, and keeping up sound hygiene practices is important during a pandemic. But nothing really drives the point home as effectively as a good old-fashioned demonstration.


Japan’s public broadcasting network NHK has really brought the goods in a new video that’s gone viral.

NHK worked with infectious disease experts from St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki to set up a buffet-style meal for 10 people. They placed a little fluorescent paint on the hand of one ‘infected’ person to simulate a cough into their hand, and then let the participants have at the buffet for the next 30 minutes.

We’re sure they all felt a little sick after the fluorescent lights were turned on to reveal the spread of that little bit of paint.

As you can see in the video above, the ‘infection’ got… everywhere. The paint spread to the hands of every single participant, and three ended up with the paint on their face.

The team discovered that the tongs, lids of the dishes, and the handle of the drink container were most to blame for the spread. This simple demonstration goes a long way to show just how easily germs can spread through contact and contaminated surfaces.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) keeps reminding everyone that regularly cleaning your hands with soap and…

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