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6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

March 31, 2020 / Jordan Culver, USA TODAY

The novel coronavirus has prompted social distancing measures around the world. One researcher believes what’s being done isn’t enough.

Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at MIT, has researched the dynamics of exhalations (coughs and sneezes, for instance) for years at The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory and found exhalations cause gaseous clouds that can travel up to 27 feet. 

Her research could have implications for the global COVID-19 pandemic, though measures called for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization call for six and three feet of space, respectively. 

“There’s an urgency in revising the guidelines currently being given by the WHO and the CDC on the needs for protective equipment, particularly for the frontline health care workers,” Bourouiba told USA TODAY. 

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