Research published in the weekly peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ, has suggested that the basic rule of maintaining a six-feet distance (two meters) from each other in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus may not work.
Researchers at Oxford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have said that the respiratory droplets containing SARS-CoV-2 can travel up to 26 feet in just a few seconds after an infected person coughs, sneezes, or sings.
Earlier studies, that became the base for this protocol, suggested that the respiratory droplets travel up to one to two meters, while the lighter droplets staying closer to the infected person.
However, when the droplets are exhaled with a blow like action, such as coughing or sneezing, the small droplets are found to travel beyond two meters in the air, while the large droplets spread to an even larger distance.
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