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Coronavirus Can Travel Up To 8 Meters From Exhalation, Linger In Air For Hours, MIT Scientist |

Coronavirus Can Travel Up To 8 Meters From Exhalation, Linger In Air For Hours, MIT Scientist



The current physical distancing guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may not be adequate to curb the coronavirus spread, according to a research which says the gas cloud from a cough or sneeze may help virus particles travel up to 8 metres. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, noted that the the current guidelines issued by the WHO and CDC are based on outdated models from the 1930s of how gas clouds from a cough, sneeze, or exhalation spread.

Study author, MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, warned that droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet, or 7-8 metres, carrying the pathogen.

According to Bourouiba, the current guidelines are based on “arbitrary” assumptions of droplet size, “overly simplified”, and “may limit the effectiveness of the proposed interventions” against the deadly pandemic.

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