Scientists warn coronavirus can transmit 13 FEET to people – more than double the social distancing limit – The Sun

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People with coronavirus can spread the infection up to 13 feet, according to one study.

The distance is more than twice the government’s six-foot social distancing recommendation.

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    Infection can spread 13 feet away, new study finds2
Infection can spread up to 13 feet away, new study findsCredit: AFP or licensors
    Scientists carried out the study with data from an intensive care unit and a hospital in Wuhan2
Scientists carried out the study with data from an intensive care unit and a hospital in WuhanCredit: AFP or licensors

Chinese scientists made the discovery after examining surface and air samples from an intensive care unit and a general coronavirus unit at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the city where the first cases of Covid- 19 have been detected.

The two services treated a total of 24 patients between February 9 and March 2, while China was still fighting the deadly virus.

Fortunately, none of the hospital staff were infected, which shows that “appropriate precautions could effectively prevent the infection,” said the researchers.

Researchers also looked at “aerosol transmission,” which occurs when the droplets of the virus are so fine that they hang and stay in the air for several hours, unlike droplets of coughing or sneezing. to the ground in seconds.

They found that virus-laden aerosols were mainly concentrated near and downstream of patients up to 13 feet, although smaller amounts were found upstream up to 8 feet.

The results raise questions about whether the government’s six-foot distance guidelines go far enough to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

Led by a team from the Beijing Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the researchers also found that the virus was highly concentrated on the floors of the room.

Elevated levels have also been found on surfaces that are frequently touched such as computer mice, trash cans, bed rails and door knobs.

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After half of the samples from the soles of the ICJ medical staff tested positive for the virus, the researchers warned that “the sole of the medical staff’s shoes could function as wearers.”

However, when it comes to studying aerosolization of the virus, it’s not clear how infectious the disease is in the small amounts found in ultra-fine mist.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far minimized the risk while U.S. authorities encourage people to cover their faces when they are in public in case the virus can be transmitted through breathing and normal speech.

The results of the study were published Friday in Emerging Infectious Disease, a journal of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The news comes as the government plans to loosen the foreclosure measures in June, starting with schools and then moving to non-essential pubs, restaurants and stores.

However, there are reports that certain measures will not be lifted, as the British are asked to continue not to see their relatives and vulnerable people.

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