What a devastating disease, it’s almost like it was engineered with a purpose!
Coronavirus travels 13 feet in the air, new study finds
An earlier study by MIT gave the virus the travel range of 23-37 feet, which the top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed as “misleading.”
A new study has found that the novel coronavirus can spread in the air for about 4 meters (13 feet), over twice the distance currently recommended people maintain for social distancing in public, AFP reported.
The study, conducted by scientists at Beijing’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, tested air and surface samples from both an ICU and a coronavirus treatment ward at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the city in the Hubei province where the outbreak first began.
According to the study, the virus was concentrated heavily on the ward’s floors, which could be due to “gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground,” AFP reported.
“Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive,” the study said. “Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.”
Other areas with high concentration included frequently touched surfaces like computer mice, bed rails, door knobs and trash cans.
Studies on the airborne contagiousness of the coronavirus have been controversial, The Hill reported, referring to an earlier study conducted by MT which gave the virus a travel range of 23-37 feet. However, the leading US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci slammed that research as “misleading.”
Claiming the MIT research lacked practicality, he said that in order for the droplets of the virus to ravel that far, it would take a “very, very robust, vigorous, achoo sneeze,” The Hill reported.