COVID-19: Can coronavirus spread through the air?

Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

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Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

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Yes, it’s possible.

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The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

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Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in crowded indoor settings – restaurants, nightclubs and choir practices – suggest the virus can hang around in the air long enough to potentially infect others if social distancing measures are not strictly enforced.

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Experts say the lack of ventilation in these situations is thought to have contributed to spread, and might have allowed the virus to linger in the air longer than normal.

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In a report published in May, researchers found that talking produced respiratory droplets that could remain in the air in a closed environment for about eight to 14 minutes.

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The WHO says those most at risk from airborne spread are doctors and nurses who perform specialized procedures such as inserting a breathing tube or putting patients on a ventilator. Medical authorities recommend the use of protective masks and other equipment when doing such procedures.

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Scientists maintain it’s far less risky to be outside than indoors because virus droplets disperse in the fresh air, reducing the chances of COVID-19 transmission.

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