We wanted to inform our readers with another update from research about the Covid-19 Pandemic that is affecting everyone.
Researchers at two Wuhan hospitals found “bits of the virus’s genetic material floating in the air of hospital toilets, an indoor space housing large crowds, and rooms where medical staff take off protective gear.”
This means that the virus can potentially hang around in the air where there were groups of affected people. And while the speed and effectiveness at which the virus can spread through the air has been up for debate, this discovery is still having us scratching our heads as to how exactly this virus spreads.
Researchers at Wuhan University set up tests to take a look specifically at the droplets humans produce when we breathe, cough, or talk. There are two types – larger droplets that do not evaporate before they hit the ground or an object, thusly contaminating whatever it lands on, and small droplets which essentially make up aerosols or a fine spray. Researchers say these can linger in the air and this is how the virus has become airborne. They’re saying now that these aerosols can live in the air for hours.
According to the study, “They found few aerosols in patient wards, supermarkets and residential buildings. Many more were detected in toilets and two areas that had large crowds passing through, including an indoor space near one of the hospitals”, and “Especially high concentrations appeared in the rooms where medical staff doff protective equipment”. This means that the particles contaminating the PPE they were wearing could have become airborne again when everything is removed.
All of these findings greatly stress the importance of wearing masks and limiting crowds for the public. A three-layer mask has proven to be effective when it comes to containing those droplets from affected individuals, and now knowing that the virus can live in the air as aerosols, it is extremely important to practice safe social distancing when out in public. Wearing a mask and not sharing close proximity of airspace with another person is currently the best way to prevent you from inhaling any of the affected air a person may produce.
As always, we advise our readers to stay safe, and be sure to check back often for up to date news about Covid-19