After the corona virus, if anyone sneezes or coughs, we know we should move away from that place to save us from that contagious virus. But how far should we move? To know how far will the germs in that spray travel, this article will be of some use to you.
To save you from those dangerous droplets, surgical mask can be of use to some extent. If you are desperately searching for mask, as a concerned citizen, you can opt for eco-friendly mask to save the planet.
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How Far the Virus Travel?
When a person coughs or sneezes, studies show that the virus can spread up to eight feet distance and can survive for hours depending on the material. Studies show that when a person sneezes, about 40000 drops of saliva comes out that contain virus causing common cold, influenza, or corona.
These particles can travel at a speed of approximately 100miles per hour. All the particles are not of the same size. The bigger particles don’t travel longer distance and the smaller particles are able to travel too far. Bigger particles, usually of 5 to 10 micrometers, don’t travel more than three feet.
So, people who are so close to the affected person has the more chance of getting infected. Also, the objects that surrounds the affected person becomes contaminated and are hazardous for people who touch these contaminated objects.
Some virus also lingers in air and can be suspended for hours and affects the person when they inhale that contaminated air. There are also very tiny droplets that are called bioaerosols, that comes when we sneeze or cough or even talk. These bioaerosols can travel any distance and can linger in air for a longer period of time.
Experts think, even the coronavirus is spreading through these droplets. Studies are being done whether this virus is also airborne. It is advised to keep a distance of at least one meter from the infected person.
The virus in the salivary spray, that comes out when one coughs or sneezes can survive for a longer period of time on various materials like, wood, steel, plastic etc., and infect others who touch them. Frequent washing of your hands or using sanitizers can help reduce the chances of being infected.
That’s why it is advised to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue to sneeze in and dispose in a waste basket. If you don’t have tissue, you can use your elbow to cover your mouth. Wash your hands with soap and water to clean the respiratory excretions.
If you are using masks then you should know how to wear properly and how to dispose it. Before wearing the mask, you should wash your hands and even after disposing the mask you should wash your hands with soap or use any alcohol-based sanitizers to clean your hands.
Used mask may contain respiratory secretions, to save others from getting infected, put it in a Ziplock bag and then dispose. If you are using reusable mask, follow the wash care instructions before reusing them.