Coronavirus Spreads through Aerosols [Survey Report]

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A survey from the UK conducted in 2000 people reports that coronavirus spreads through aerosols. These findings were evaluated by a team comprising of data scientists from US, UK, and Norway. This survey is the first of its type to consider the link between coronavirus transmissions and common products.

The data analysis suggested that aerosols might be directly involved in coronavirus transmission and taller people are more likely to catch it. it is something that is unusual and not common for viral transmission via droplets which are considered as a typical way of infection spread.

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It is common to have aerosols accumulation in rooms that have a poor ventilation system. But the bigger size in aerosols is connected with low range transmission and dropping down more often than small size aerosols.

This new survey report is not reviewed or published yet.

The researchers working on this it find it necessary to initiate public awareness on the fact that coronavirus spreads through aerosols.

In addition to this, this survey also studies how personal characters, situations, and conditions of work may change the coronavirus transmission. for example, a shared kitchen or shared house is a big factor that may increase the risk of viral spread. in the US this adds up the risk which is up to 3.5 times higher than the original risk. In the UK, this risk is reported as 1.7 times greater only.

Surprisingly, those which have a degree in Natural Sciences were at lower risk of getting the virus in the UK. On the other side, the socio-economic details of a person were also studied as risk factors for getting coronavirus.

Overall the team agrees that coronavirus spread is not based on one factor only. There are so many things involved and social distancing is effectively eliminating many of these factors.

Evan Kontopantelis who teaches at The University of Manchester says that this survey’s results tell that there is a strong link between the height of people and chances to get the virus.

Despite all these connections, following social distancing is necessary as coronavirus transmission through droplets is still highly likely. Wearing a face mask wouldn’t help against the virus but it surely makes sure that a person who is diagnosed with the virus is not infecting others.

Air purity is a largely ignored subject in coronavirus researches and the research team believes it needs further analysis.

Paul Anand from The Open University says that understanding the spread of coronavirus is the only way to control the new cases. As the businesses are re-opening it is high time to predict how coronavirus spreads and who is at risk.

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This survey is completed after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that coronavirus doesn’t spread through aerosols. However, it released special precautions for the aerosol-based spread especially in hospital settings showing there is still a possibility of it to be true.

While there is strong evidence that coronavirus spreads through aerosols,  it needs certain individual factors for deeper analysis. All these methods will improve a matter that has now become a public health crisis and needs an effective plan right away.

 

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