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Infectious Disease News (4/22/20)

New Research Suggests Runners and Fast Walkers May Need to Maintain Greater Distance From Others

New research suggests that runners and fast walkers may need to keep a greater distance from others than the typically recommended 6 feet in order to avoid spreading COVID-19. The recently published study shows that air moves differently around fast-moving bodies, creating a wake of air that can carry respiratory droplets to people trailing 15 feet behind them. While this study did not specifically examine how COVID-19 is carried or transmitted in these conditions, the findings give exercisers a potentially more accurate guideline for staying safe.

Full Story: New York Times

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