New MIT Study On Your Risk Of Being Exposed To COVID-19

New MIT Study On Your Risk Of Being Exposed To COVID-19

A new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has revealed that the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 is as great at 60 feet as it is at six feet indoors.  The research questions COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which both suggested early last year that people should socially distance themselves by six feet in both indoor and outdoor spaces.  However, the study shows that even while wearing a mask in well-mixed spaces, “one is no safer from airborne pathogens at 60 ft than 6 ft.”  Researchers came to this conclusion using calculations that factored in several issues that could affect transmission, including air filtration, immunization, variant strains, and the amount of time spent inside.  Researchers also looked at respiratory activity such as breathing, eating, speaking or singing.   MIT professor Martin Bazant told CNBC: “We argue there really isn’t much of a benefit to the 6-foot rule, especially when people are wearing masks.  It really has no physical basis because the air a person is breathing while wearing a mask tends to rise and comes down elsewhere in the room so you’re more exposed to the average background than you are to a person at a distance.”

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