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Experts don’t trust the Covid two-metre rule as far as they can spit

Airborne coronavirus can survive up to 5m, study reveals, a finding experts say is ‘a smoking gun’

Phoebe Southworth

Coronavirus could travel as far as 5m through the air, a study has revealed for the first time.

Tiny droplets of saliva containing Covid-19 could remain in the air for prolonged periods and increase the likelihood of more people contracting it, US researchers found.

The scientists were able to isolate infectious particles of the virus at a distance of up to 4.8m from patients who were being treated at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. This is significantly further than the advised 2m social distancing rule, which the researchers say provides a “false sense of security”...

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