Skip to comments.Coronavirus Sneeze: Virus May Travel 26 Feet
Posted on 04/03/2020 6:32:37 PM PDT by Helicondelta
Novel coronavirus / COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that peoople around the world should stay approximately 6 feet apart. Unfortunately, according to MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet.
In the study published here in late March, 2020, Dr. Bourouiba showed that current guidelines for Social Distancing is based on models published in the 1930s. The video below shows a slow-motion sneeze, filmed for a study on the physics of sneezes and coughs by Dr. Bourouiba.
The video shows a close-up view of a sneeze filmed at 2000 frames per second. Dr. Bourouibas research shows a hot, moist, turbulent gas cloud containing air and mucosalivary droplets that travel as far as 26 feet (7-8 meters).
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This has been known for quite a while. I recall studies 30 years ago showing this. It includes trajectory, and that distance is mostly out of the mouth. This is why those sneezing should cover the mouth and nose when they do so.
The 6’ is more about probabilities. If you want absolutes, just don’t be in or pass through the same room, or building with shared air circulation. Still won’t get you there, but likely close enough, especially considering the drop-off in viral loads.
FLASHBACK: Jan. 21: Fauci Says Coronavirus not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.
I can pee a lot farther than the toilet, but I don’t...at least not often or on purpose...
you gonna tell the doc that?
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