New reports from American Scientists have shown that coronavirus could be transmitted through breathing.
Prior to this discovery, the World Health Organization had maintained that the deadly virus can only be transmitted through relatively large droplets released when people cough or sneeze. Those droplets can then contaminate surfaces or objects and infect people who make physical contact withthe surface and then touch their faces.
Researchers from the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in an April 1 report to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy wrote, “Currently available research supports the possibility that SARS-CoV-2 could be spread via bioaerosols generated directly by patients’ exhalation.”
Sciencenews stated that the report also notes that genetic material from the virus was detected more than two meters (six feet) away from patients’ hospital beds. That finding could indicate that physical distancing by at least two meters may not be enough to limit spread of the virus. Whether infectious virus could be carried that far or if the genetic material is from dead viruses isn’t yet known.