A Prestigious scientific panel has told the White House on Wednesday night that research is showing that the Coronavirus can indeed be spread by just talking or breathing, and not only through sneezes or coughs as previously thought.
While the current [coronavirus] specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathingThe letter reads
The letter was written by the chairman of the Committee with the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Harvey Fineberg.
Dr. Fineberg told CNN that he personally will start wearing masks from now on when going to the grocery store.
I’m not going to wear a surgical mask, because clinicians need those. But I have a nice western-style bandana I might wear. Or I have a balaclava. I have some pretty nice options
It’s important to remember that there is a significant shortage in N95 masks and that medical professionals are the ones who need it the most so they can be protected as they deal with this virus head-on, but the public can still wear simple homemade masks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, has since told CNN that the idea of recommending broad use of masks in the US to prevent the spread of coronavirus is under “very active discussion” by the group.
As for the CDC, they have not changed their statements about the spread of the virus yet, and their status remain the same:
“The virus spreads from person to person when people are within about 6 feet of each other through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”
Fineberg told CNN this is true, but that research shows that aerosolized droplets produced by talking or possibly even by just breathing can also spread the virus.
The recommendations he made in this letter are based on the latest research conducted by a Chinese Hospital that showed that the virus is suspended in the air when doctors and nurses remove protective equipment, when floors are cleaned, when protective gear is removed, and when the staff moves around.
Research by the University of Nebraska shows that genetic material from the virus was found in patients’ rooms more than 6 feet away from the patients, according to the letter.
Unfortunately, it’s still unknown how much the virus can stay suspended in the air as this depends on several factors that are not well studied yet.
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