Hand Sanitizer Won't Stop an Office Outbreak—If Your Coworker Doesn't Care

December 31, 1969 |

According to a study published by Georgia Tech researchers in the journal Scientific Reports, healthy people who take measures to avoid getting sick cannot fully eradicate the spread of disease without an infected individual taking preemptive steps first. Instead, the sick individual in question needs to take steps to avoid infecting anyone else, and the main motivator for taking those steps seems to be empathy -- the ability to understand the feelings of others. Ceyhun Eksin and Joshua S. Weitz collaborated on the study with a researcher from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.  Eksin is a postdoctorate fellow in Weitz's lab in the School of Biological Sciences.