Maintaining social distance may not just be the only solution in order to stay away from the Coronavirus pandemic. According to many researchers, the transmission of the virus may be airborne especially in crowded places without proper ventilation. Masks are needed indoors even with the onset of the social distancing policies.
Previously researchers already exclaimed the importance of wearing masks by everyone in this world. For months now the researchers are focussing on the airborne pattern of the disease. Health care workers may need N95 masks that filter out even the smallest respiratory droplets as they care for coronavirus patients.
Comparison of trends in #COVID19 infections suggests mandatory face mask measures prevented 78,000+ infections in #Italy and 66,000+ infections in #NYC, indicating airborne transmission plays a major role in spread of the novel #coronavirus. https://t.co/iceM60rIh0
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) June 11, 2020
WHO declares Coronavirus airborne pandemic
If the airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant.
Ventilation systems in schools, nursing homes, residences, and businesses may need to minimize recirculating air and add powerful new filters. Ultraviolet lights may be needed to kill viral particles floating in tiny droplets indoors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has long held that the coronavirus is spread primarily by large respiratory droplets that, once expelled by infected people in coughs and sneezes, fall quickly to the floor.
Interviews with nearly 20 scientists, including a dozen WHO consultants and several members of the committee that crafted the guidance, and internal emails paint a picture of an organization that, despite good intentions, is out of step with science.
They said the WHO was making an artificial distinction between tiny aerosols and larger droplets, even though infected people produce both. Scientists have not been able to grow the coronavirus from aerosols in the lab. But that doesn’t mean aerosols are not infective. People need to maintain their own safety.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.