Harianjogja.com, JAKARTA – Researchers have found that small particles from coughs and sneezes can spread further up to 2 meters. This will accelerate the transfer of the Covid-19 virus to infect other people.
The new study also reveals that each person should maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters between you and other people, or maybe it could be further.
Reporting from Webmd.com, Wednesday (31/3/2021), in a new study, researchers in Singapore estimate how particles of various sizes can move from a person who coughs to someone who stands 1 meter or 2 meters each.
The study found that at a distance of about 1 meter, a person standing in front of a simulated cough was actually directly exposed to the virus, and the cough particles passed about 65 percent to that person.
“Obviously, you didn’t get sick because the virus landed on your clothes. You have to inhale it or rub your hands all over your pants and then touch your nose, eyes or put your finger in your mouth, ”said Linsey Marr, a civil and environmental engineer at Virginia Tech.
According to him, sneezing and coughing can be dangerous, but two people who are very close to each other without a mask can transmit the corona virus when talking.
The virus can spread through the air in two ways: in larger, heavier particles released from the nose or mouth, and through aerosols, which are very small particles that dry quickly in the air.
Larger particles contain more copies of the virus, but are also heavy and fall to the floor and nearby surfaces quickly after sneezing or coughing.
Meanwhile, the smaller aerosols, which can be generated from the back of the throat when we speak, or even sing, dry up before reaching the floor, and allow the aerosol to continue to float in the air for several minutes or even hours, and can remain after someone has left. room.
Researchers say that shorter people, such as young children and adolescents, may be more at risk of contracting the coronavirus when taller adults cough.
That’s why it’s important to take all the recommended precautions to keep yourself safe from the virus, including washing and cleaning your hands, wearing a face mask, limiting travel and social interactions, and maintaining distance between yourself and others.
The Ministry of Health invites the public to enforce social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, which means maintaining distance between you and people who do not live with you.