Scientists join forces to investigate airborne risk of coronavirus

Irish Times | Jul 8, 2020 at 8:05 PM
  • A major research effort is under way to understand whether coronavirus can spread through tiny airborne particles that are released by infected people and remain suspended in the air for hours.
  • The key control measures in place for coronavirus, such as physical distancing, regular hand-washing and mask-wearing, are rooted in the assumption that the infection is largely spread by larger droplets ejected from people’s mouths and noses when they cough, sneeze, shout or sing.
  • Adding to other scientific studies, the WHO has convened a group of sanitary engineers to investigate what mechanisms may propel virus-carrying aerosols into the air.