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Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:17 AM

MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

[link:https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/03/30/coronavirus-social-distancing-mit-researcher-lydia-bourouiba-27-feet/5091526002/|


Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at MIT, has researched the dynamics of exhalations (coughs and sneezes, for instance) for years at The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory and found exhalations cause gaseous clouds that can travel up to 27 feet.

Her research could have implications for the global COVID-19 pandemic, though measures called for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization call for six and three feet of space, respectively.

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Reply MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet (Original post)
SheltieLover Mar 2020 OP
Newest Reality Mar 2020 #1
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #2
Blue_true Mar 2020 #11
In_The_Wind Mar 2020 #12
mwooldri Mar 2020 #3
dalton99a Mar 2020 #4
lapfog_1 Mar 2020 #5
Stuart G Mar 2020 #9
lapfog_1 Mar 2020 #17
Hoyt Mar 2020 #6
Duppers Mar 2020 #7
Stuart G Mar 2020 #8
Marrah_Goodman Mar 2020 #10
SheltieLover Mar 2020 #14
HarlanPepper Mar 2020 #13
SheltieLover Mar 2020 #15
roamer65 Mar 2020 #16

Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:18 AM

1. In that case,

I highly recommend that we increase social distancing to at least six-miles, pronto!

Ah, I was thinking about the little beasties dancing with glee as they ride the wind and surf the human spray.

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:21 AM

2. That is exactly why I've suggested 'cover your mouth' when out in public.

I don't want to inhale someone's germs.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:34 PM

11. Did you read the entire article?

Virus particles can be launched at tremendous speed, there is no data that says a mask can block all of those fast moving particles, a face shield maybe would.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:39 PM

12. Yes, I did read the article. Unfortunately we don't own face shields.

Staying home is the best I can do.

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:23 AM

3. I remember an episode of Mythbusters

Where droplets while sneezing were measured and various methods to stop their spread were tried out. Sneezing into your elbow crease was found to be most effective.

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Response to mwooldri (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:26 AM

4. +1

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 11:37 AM

5. Documented case in China - 4M distance between

infected person and someone who got infected from them.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 02:56 PM

9. 4M equals... 12 feet, 8 inches away.. 1M 3.2 feet.

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 08:16 PM

17. yes...

person who had just been tested (antigen test) got on a bus... sat at the front, person at the back (nobody else was on) sneezed. Both tested infected. Distance was measured at 4M.

They have it all on CCTV and the test results from both people.

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 12:04 PM

6. Not surprising. Guinness Record for watermelon seed spitting is 75 feet 2 inches.

 

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 02:37 PM

7. K & R

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 02:53 PM

8. K and R

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 03:27 PM

10. It is an airborne virus

People need to stay the fuck at home unless they need a necessity or they are an essential worker.

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Response to Marrah_Goodman (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:41 PM

14. Agreed!

I have been for a few weeks. 👍

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:40 PM

13. Interesting but important to remember lab conditions often differ from real world conditions

 

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Response to HarlanPepper (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:41 PM

15. Very true!

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Response to SheltieLover (Original post)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 05:41 PM

16. A mask will filter your cough, sneeze or exhalations.

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