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Is six feet enough to maintain social distance?

Apr 04, 2020 06:43 IST

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that a six feet distance should be maintained between yourself and others to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus as opposed to the three-feet guideline shared by the WHO. But, a MIT researcher shares that even six feet is not enough! Lydia Bourouiba has been studying the dynamics of exhalations including coughs and sneezes, for years and finds that exhalations cause gaseous clouds that can travel up to 27 feet! Lydia Bourouiba told USA TODAY that there is an urgent need to revise social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and the WHO, especially for health workers. Her article has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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