Three distinguished scientists are on the campaign trail to prove managing COVID-19 infection through the air, is key to stopping spread. They say despite CDC withdrawing their paper arguing aerosol contamination spreads COVID-19, it remains hugely relevant. Now if it is true that long range transmission is possible, what does that mean for our personal defenses?
What We Should Do If COVID-19 Infection Through the Air is Key?
The three distinguished scientists have impressive credentials. Kimberly Prather is Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. While Linsey Marr is Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Donald Milton holds the position of Professor of Environment Health at University of Maryland School of Public Health. It follows we should hear them out and listen to what they say. Prather, Marr and Milton are convinced COVID-19 infection through the air is key to avoiding airborne transmission in enclosed settings.
Simple Things That Reduce the Likelihood of Airborne Infection
If we are indoors, then we should literally clear the air they recommend. Open windows to admit fresh air, or fit genuine hepo-grade filters to the HVAC. Practice physical distancing, stay as far apart as possible, and wear a face mask to block virus transfer. We should think like-minded people will think this sensible, not over the top.
We are a little safer outside, in the sense the air is constantly changing. However on the other hand, we are in company with more people we do not know.
Stay at least six feet apart, Prather, Marr and Milton advise, or wear a face mask. Stay further away if you can. Conduct group activities outside. Because preventing COVID-19 infection through the air is the key to remaining healthy during the pandemic. And perhaps we should start thinking beyond six feet …