DISINFACTS | Issue 2/2020

Editorial Dear Reader, We find ourselves in eventful times. A virus has the world on tenterhooks, a virus that was completely unknown to us just six months ago: from Wuhan in China, the novel coronavirus has spread around the whole world, threatening the lives of millions. Faced with this immense challenge, it is once again apparent that the primary means of dealing with emerging pathogens is systematic surface and hand hygiene and protective equipment adapted to the particular situation. Read here about when respiratory masks are useful and for whom – and in which situations – a face mask is recommended. Hygiene and preventive measures were promoted as long ago as the 19th century by Florence Nightingale. That this remarkable woman, whose birthday will be celebrated for the two-hundredth time in May, was far more than the founder of modern nursing is another subject covered in our current issue of DISINFACTS. And her teachings are just as relevant today! If you would rather look to the future, then take a look at the hospital room of the future. It can be found on pages 22 and 23. I hope you enjoy your reading and stay well! Dr. Henning Mallwitz Director Research & Development DISINFACTS 2/20 page 3