Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 10:20:24-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiny particles that people expel when they sneeze, cough or talk are getting a close look for their ability to spread the new coronavirus.

They come in a range of sizes, and while public health advice was originally based on larger particles, the focus has shifted to risk from smaller ones.

These “aerosols" may explain how a single person can infect many others at a time in an enclosed area.

While questions remain about their significance, some scientists say the time to take protective measures is now.