British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson said Top health officials are now in agreement that “there is absolutely no evidence” that C-19 coronavirus is airborne and that they are “very confident that the majority transmission of this virus is through the droplet and contact route.”
As a comparison, measles and chickenpox are airborne and capable of floating in the air for extended periods of time. But C-19 coronavirus’ droplets do not do that, rather, they fall to the ground.
The BC Centre for Disease Control explains airborne transmission happens when small, evaporated droplets float in the air for a long period of time. In the case of droplets, however, they typically only spread a couple of metres before falling to the ground.
The confusion, she said, is that droplets of the virus can be in theory be aerosolized in a lab, but that is not how it typically spreads in the real world.
With that, Dr. Gustafson says the most important thing for people to do is to stay home if they are sick and to keep physically distancing when possible. Hand washing is also important, she said, and wearing a mask is a helpful way to prevent transmission to other people.
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