Six feet distance may not be enough to prevent viral transmission indoors: Study

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Washington, Sep 15 (PTI) Physical distancing of two metres -- about six and a half feet -- may not be enough to sufficiently prevent transmission of virus-carrying airborne aerosols indoors, according to a study.

The researchers examined three factors: the amount and rate of air ventilated through a space, the indoor airflow pattern associated with different ventilation strategies and the aerosol emission mode of breathing versus talking.

The results, published in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society, suggest that physical distance alone is not enough to prevent human exposure to exhaled aerosols and should be implemented with other control strategies such as masking and adequate ventilation.