New research finds that saliva droplets can travel farther than the recommended six feet of social distancing. Is it enough for protection from COVID-19?
TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Saliva droplets expelled by coughs can travel much farther than 6 feet in light winds, according to new findings.
That suggests social distancing spaces of 6 feet may not be enough to prevent coronavirus transmission.
Airborne transmission of viruses, including the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, isn't well-understood. One way to learn more is to study how saliva particles travel through the air when people cough, explained researchers at the University of Nicosia in Cypress.