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Scientists warn Covid-19 is caught ‘through expelled particles’ in the air

by LLB Reporter
29th Mar 20 4:00 pm

A world leading virologist has said people can easily catch coronavirus “through expelled particles” in the air if an infected person coughs outside.

Whilst people seemingly believe they are safe by being outside, they are in fact wrong. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which is a private research university, have written a shocking new report over the spread of coronavirus.

The new report written by experts at the renowned US university have found that viral droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes can travel at speeds of 33ft to 100ft per second.

This creates a cloud that can span up to 27ft with infected coronavirus droplets that can infect many. Experts say that for everyone one person infected, at least five more will become infected.

So, if anyone is out walking or running, or out shopping whilst a person who previously coughed before you entered that area, you will easily breathe in the “expelled particles” which are in the air, they warn.

Dr John Lednicky, a virologist who studies coronaviruses at the University of Florida, also confirms that people can breathe in droplets that are floating in the air.

Dr Lednicky said, “You can inhale those, but they can also come into contact with your eyes,” which is also another main entry point for coronavirus.

Even if you keep your distance, there is a good chance of coming into contact with a virus as you walk through a cloud of expelled particles which are in the air.

He added, that these are typically expelled when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The heavier of these infected particles will fall to the ground, but smaller and lighter particles do travel further and linger in the air for longer, which is most likely to infect other people.

In just 23 days the UK has had 19,522 coronavirus cases, with 1,228 deaths across the UK.

Cabinet office minister, Michael Gove has said the UK wide lockdown is not fixed in terms of length of time, and it will depend on how the public behave.

Gove told Sky News Sophy Ridge on Sunday the lockdown could be shortened, if people do follow the governments advice, but did not provide a time limit.

However, disease expert Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London said lockdown measures could last until June, in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Professor Ferguson told the Sunday Times, “We’re going to have to keep these measures [the full lockdown]in place, in my view, for a significant period of time, probably until the end of May, maybe even early June.

Meanwhile, an expert in the supply chain has warned supplies of paracetamol will run out within two to three months.

Panic buyers stripped the shelves bare of medications the last month and the UK relies on India to make the tablets. But India is now in a strict lockdown, so no factories are making paracetamol.

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