Technology company Ansys has created a simulation that suggests that you could come in contact with moisture droplets even if you stay six feet behind another person during exercise.
According to two experts, running two at a time could be less risky than running a single file, as you are much less likely to be struck by potentially infected fluids.
Health bosses have pointed to increasing social distance as the key to eliminating the spread of the bug for months.
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The study comes as figures show that a Briton dies of coronavirus every two minutes.
The death toll rose to 7,172 after 936 people died within 24 hours, making yesterday the country’s deadliest day.
Marc Horner, senior health care engineer at Ansys, told the Daily Mail that when someone sneezes or coughs “it happens so quickly and the droplets are so small” that it is almost impossible to get away in time .
He said that the simulation gets “that mental image in your mind of the distance you have to stand so that gravity has time to pull the droplets down.”
If an infected person coughs or sneezes, the humidity is unlikely to move more than six feet or two meters – hence official indications.
The Ansys video describes two scenarios: one shows two people running side by side, while in the other, they are one behind the other.
In the first case, when a person coughs or sneezes, most of the droplets go behind the pads, not the sides.
Horner said if you run behind someone, the droplets will “hang in the air” and if you are two meters behind you “you will run into them.”
In addition to running next to each other, which can be dangerous on a road, joggers can run in staggered formation.
The simulations come after reports that the current recommended social distance is not sufficient.
According to Wired.com, the infected moisture droplets will travel more than six feet when expelled with extreme force or when carried by the wind.