Can coronovirus spread through the air?
Yes, it is possible.
The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 may spread to the air under certain conditions.
Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in crowded indoor settings – restaurants, nightclubs and choir practice – suggest that the virus may infect others if not potentially applied for long periods of time around in the air.
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Experts say these conditions are believed to contribute to the spread of lack of ventilation, and may have allowed the virus to remain in the air longer than normal.
In a report published in May, researchers found that talking produced respiratory droplets that could remain in the air in a closed environment for about eight to 14 minutes.
The WHO states that the greatest risk of air outbreaks is to doctors and nurses who perform special procedures such as inserting the windpipe or placing patients on ventilators. Medical officers recommend the use of protective masks and other devices when performing such procedures.
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Scientists say that it is much less risky than when it is indoors outside because the virus droplets spread to fresh air, reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.