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Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

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Posted at 5:36 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 05:36:58-04

Can the coronavirus spread through the air? According to the World Health Organization, yes.

The WHO recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in crowded indoor settings — restaurants, nightclubs and choir practices — suggest the virus can hang around in the air long enough to potentially infect others if social distancing measures are not strictly enforced.

Scientists maintain it’s far less risky to be outside than indoors because virus droplets disperse in the fresh air, reducing the chances of COVID-19 transmission.