How long can covid-19 stay airborne?

Airborne transmission of COVID-19 can occur over distances greater than six feet. Particles from an infected person can move around an entire room or interior space. Particles can also remain in the air after a person has left the room; in some cases, they can stay in the air for hours. The COVID-19 virus can also be spread if someone touches their eyes, nose, or mouth after touching a surface or object with the virus.

Without cleaning or disinfection, the COVID-19 virus can stay on surfaces for hours to days. However, the risk of COVID-19 infection from contact with contaminated surfaces is low. Over the next two years, WHO and other organizations that had initially denied that the new coronavirus could stay in the air and move like smoke quietly changed their stance. The virus could spread through respiratory droplets, those heavy balls that come out of our nose and mouth and fall quickly to the ground, but they could also, reluctantly admitted these public bodies, hang in the air and be inhaled by someone farther away.

AnnMarie Noland
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