By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Ordinary conversation releases airborne droplets that can spread widely through indoor spaces, a finding with big implications for transmission of the new coronavirus, researchers say.
Their experiments showed that everyday talk can expel droplets farther than the typical “social distancing” limit of 6 feet.
“People should recognize that they have an effect around them,” said Howard Stone, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey. “It’s not just around your head, it is at the scale of meters.” One meter equals just over 3 feet.
How COVID-19 spreads is not fully understood, but it’s believed that people without symptoms could infect others through tiny droplets created when they speak, sing or laugh.
“Lots of people have written about coughs and sneezes and the kinds of things you worry about with the flu,”