Scientist warns people about beaches during COVID-19 pandemic

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SAN FRANCISCO, California (KRON) – While millions of people around the world took refuge in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, they are finding new ways to have fun at home.

For many Californians, driving to a beach was a quick and relaxing day trip to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Now a scientist in California says going to beaches can be one of the most dangerous places in the middle of the epidemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Health officials said the virus can spread through droplets of an infected person who sneezes or coughs.

Kim Prather, atmospheric chemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, tells the LA Times that every time the ocean water breaks or bubbles burst, bacteria are sprayed into the air like a sneeze .

Researchers say spraying the oceans is one of the most widely distributed natural aerosols. This jet forms clouds and can travel the world in just a few weeks.

Because particles in the air can travel far, Prather says the warning signs tell you not to go to the beaches, but they don’t warn you not to breathe.

While many beaches and parks have been temporarily closed to curb the spread of the virus, the California Department of Parks and Recreation say further closures will occur if the directions are not followed and the parks are always packed with people.

Officials advise people to stay home and practice social distancing.

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