People over six feet tall are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with coronovirus, the results of a new survey reveal.
A global team of researchers, including experts from the University of Manchester and the Open University, surveyed 2,000 people in the country, as well as the US to determine if their personal qualities, work and living practices could play a role in transmission, The Telegraph Reported.
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The results found that taller people are at a higher risk, which the researchers say is contagion spreading through the air – because height would not be a factor if the virus was contracted only through drops, as reported.
“The results of this survey in terms of associations between altitude and prognosis show that downward droplets transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is not possible,” said Professor Ivan Contopantellis of the University of Manchester.
“This has been suggested by other studies, but our method of confirmation is novel,” he said.
“Although social disturbances are still important because transmission by droplets is still likely to occur, it suggests that wearing masks may be just as – if not more effective in prevention. But moreover, in indoor spaces Air purification should be explored more. “
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Reportedly, the droplets are larger than aerosols and are thought to travel a relatively short distance from the air and the plummet. But aerosols, which can form in poorly ventilated areas, are carried by air currents.
The study also found that using a shared kitchen or housing played a big role – especially in the US, where those conditions gave the bug a chance to grow 3.5 times higher.
In the UK, the probability was 1.7 times higher.