How likely is it for COVID-19 to spread through air?

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19th April, 2021 11:12:50 printer

How likely is it for COVID-19 to spread through air?

The novel coronavirus is an infectious disease that can be transmitted from one person to another.

While coming in close contact with an infected person can increase your chances of contracting the deadly virus, as per a recent study, 'strong evidence' suggests COVID-19 predominantly spreads through air.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), airborne transmission of a disease is the spread of an infectious agent caused by the dissemination of aerosols that remain infectious when suspended in air over long distances and time.

What does it mean for a disease to be airborne?

An airborne disease is associated with a virus that can survive in the aerosol droplets that we release while we talk, cough or sneeze.

Can COVID-19 spread through aerosols?

A recent Lancet study, however, has claimed that COVID-19 can spread through air and it is the most predominant route of transmission.

What does research say?

Airborne transmission can pose greater COVID-19 risks in indoor space. The most efficient way to safeguard yourself from harmful aerosols is to avoid crowded places and maintain social distancing. Avoid rooms with less or no ventilations as it can increase the risks of contracting the virus.

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