The result of a new survey gives the advantage to short people when it comes to catching COVID-19. It turns out that people over six feet tall are more than twice as likely to catch the coronavirus. Is this pro-mask propaganda? Fear porn? You be the judge…
A global team of researchers surveyed two thousand people to determine whether their personal attributes and living practices might play a role in the transmission of coronavirus.
The Telegraph reports that the results from the team of researchers, including experts from the University of Manchester and Open University, found that taller people are at a higher risk.
The researchers say this suggests that the contagion is spreading through the air because the height would not be a factor if the virus were only contractible through droplets.
Professor Evan Kontopantelis, of the University of Manchester, told The Telegraph:
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“The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible.”
“This has been suggested by other studies, but our method of confirmation is novel.”
“Though social distancing is still important because transmission by droplets is still likely to occur, it does suggest that mask-wearing may be just as, if not more, effective in prevention. But also, air purification in interior spaces should be further explored.”
According to Harvard Medical School:
A study done by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Laboratory of Virology in Hamilton, Montana, helps to answer this question. The researchers used a nebulizer to blow coronaviruses into the air. They found that infectious viruses could remain in the air for up to three hours.