How to Protect Yourself If COVID Is Airborne

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Playing Is COVID Spread by Droplets or Is it Airborne?

The Doctors help clear some of the COVID confusion and welcome epidemiologists like Dr. Monica Gandhi and environmental scientist Dr. Shelly Miller to discuss if the virus is spread by droplets or if it is airborne.

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Dr. Miller feels there is strong evidence that the virus is spread by inhaling aerosols, which are small airborne particles that are released when someone breathes or talks. She explains aerosols can travel further and linger for longer in the air. 

Dr. Gandhi notes the virus can technically be spread via aerosols, but she questions if this is a major route of transmission.

The experts note studies which have found the virus stays airborne for longer inside closed locations, and note instances of the virus being transmitted outdoors between people are very low. They stress being inside with others not in your household is to be avoided when possible and if inside to always wear a mask and maintain distance from others. Also, if inside make sure the air is being circulated or filtered. 

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They also warn against being near someone who is wearing an ill-fitting mask. Dr. Miller says wearing a mask (especially a mask that fits properly) "is so important" and should always be worn when around others, inside stores, and businesses. 

Dr. Gandhi also emphasizes wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose is vital in stopping the spread of the virus, noting it is helping to protect yourself and others. 

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