Droplets in sneezes and coughs traveled much farther than expected
(dailyRx News) Germ-filled drops of liquid blow everywhere when a sneeze or cough isn’t covered. Just how far those drops can blow was not known until now.
Coughs and sneezes spread respiratory diseases from infected people to people who are susceptible to the germs. To help understand the spread of germs by sneezes and coughs, a research team from MIT first wanted to know how far the particles in a sneeze or cough could travel.
They found that coughs and sneezes actually produced clouds of droplets of different sizes. The smallest droplets were suspended in the cloud and traveled the greatest distances. Some even stayed airborne long enough to reach ceiling ventilation units.
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