April 11, 2020
COVID-19 Airborne? Latest Study Revealed in Air Samples Reaches 13 feet from an Infected Person
The latest conducted study about the air samples of COVID-19 revealed that it could reach up to 13 feet or 4 meters from an infected patient and can potentially infect a person.
This is actually doubling the distance of the current social distancing guideline of 1 meter.
According from the reported news online through AFP, a latest conducted study about the collected air samples of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 revealed that the virus could reach up to 13 feet or 4 meters away from an infected patient and may infect a person within the area.
The research experts studied the gathered samples from the hospital wards with patients suffering from COVID-19 and this finding is somehow alarming because they only suggest a social distancing of 1 meter when in the public places.
The involved researchers are from China and published their finding on Friday through Emerging Infectious Diseases (a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) journal.
This latest study is an important matter because this also one of the growing debates on how the virus transmits with one person to another that causes the infection and leading to death.
As detailed on the reported news also, the research experts came from Beijing at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. They conducted a test inside Houshenshan Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) and general ward for COVID-19 patients. They tested the surface as well as collected air samples inside the hospital, which involved almost 2 dozens of patients from February 19 up to March 2.
The Houshenshan Hospital is from Wuhan in Mainland.
Based on the explanation of the team, they discovered that the virus on the floors is heavily concentrated and believed that this happens because of the gravity and airflow. These factors caused the droplets of the virus to remain on the floors.
In addition, the researchers also revealed that they found high level of virus droplets from things like bed rails, computer mice, garbage cans and doorknobs. These things are what most people touch while inside the hospitals.
The study likewise revealed that the research experts were able conclude that the staff shoes of health workers inside the hospital are tested positive from the virus, as written on the published journal.
On this matter, the soles of the shoes are carriers of the COVID-19 as well.
The good thing however is that no medical staff got infected with the virus yet because of taking the necessary precautionary measures in preventing the infection effectively.
The researchers offered an advice regarding the orthodox guidelines: “Our findings suggest that home isolation of persons with suspected COVID-19 might not be a good control strategy” given the levels of environmental contamination, as published through AFP.
Despite the positive outcome of the study, the World Health Organization (WHO) is downplaying the risk and cautiously evaluating matters.
The issue about the pandemic virus is serious because it affects the world.
As of the latest shared figures online, the current death toll worldwide is almost 101,000, with 372,000 recovered patients and 1.6 million positive cases already.