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The VoicE Q4

Let ’ s Face It : We Must Figure Out Ways to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus in Homes and Schools

It ’ s time to do something about the real problem with COVID-19 .

Micro droplet transmission from exhalation represents the greatest threat for COVID-19 spread .

Yes , we wear masks . Good ones , poor ones , and everything in between . The guy who pulls his t-shirt neck opening over his nose ? No … not a real mask … Why ? Because the space between threads in the knit is humongous ! A bus full of coronaviruses on a music tour can blast through those openings in a heartbeat . A coronavirus is tiny , right ? So it takes a special barrier that can prevent a virus from passing through . We just must prevent the spread of coronavirus .

This letter ’ s purpose is to advocate for the use of preventive measures to reduce the concentration of micro droplets and in so doing , to reduce the spread of COVID-19 .

Still , the hand washing is good , the social distancing isn ’ t too bad … but 6 feet ?

Seriously ? How about 15 or 20 feet ?

Let ’ s stop playing with this pandemic … pushing the envelope . Breaking rules .

Ok so let ’ s talk about this .

You love your family and you want to protect them . Let ’ s get serious about what it takes .

No politics . Just science .

Oxford University Press published a letter - an invited commentary actually - submitted by members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America , appealing to the international medical community and relevant health or-ganizations to recognize the potential for airborne spread of corona virus that causes COVID-19 .

Demonstrating the inhalation exposure risk to viruses in microscopic respiratory drop-lets they like to call micro droplets . These droplets suspend in the air in a closed area up to several meters … basically the size of a room .

What ’ s important to note is that these micro droplets aren ’ t only expelled during a cough or a sneeze , but especially during talking , and exhalation . Of course , the more deeply the infected person is breathing , the more of these

Early in the development of the pandemic , 6 feet was broadcast as the safe distance between people to avoid spread of infection . And this distance has been employed throughout society and businesses to make these spaces safer . However , these micro droplets are traveling farther than 6 feet from the infected person , often 10 times that far .

And , according to the New England Journal of Medicine , several studies have demon-strated that it ’ s airborne transmission that explains the way this disease is spread in-side rooms and buildings … as they put it , a spatial environment .

Close Proximity Without Direct Contact micro droplets spread .