[VIDEO] 6 Ft. Isn’t Enough! Virus Stays In The Air 8 Minutes
As states around the US begin phases of reopening, many are wondering how to stay safe. And now new research reveals the recommended six-feet may not decrease the spread like we previously thought.
Talking loudly and in confined spaces may cause the virus to stay in the air for between eight and 14 minutes, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
The study states that droplets from an asymptomatic person’s mouth can carry respiratory pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, which means “there is a substantial probability that normal speaking causes airborne virus transmission in confined environments.”
Watch as a biologist breaks down the study:
The study supports the importance of everyone wearing a mask to slow the spread of the virus.
A biology professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Erin Bromage, shared a blog post that indicated the most high-risk environments. He shared that places that are “enclosed, with poor air circulation and high density of people” are a sure sign of trouble.
According to Bromage, the most high-risk environment include:
- Workplaces (especially call centers and meat facilities)
- Weddings, funerals, birthdays (which accounted for 10% of the early spread)
- Business networking
- Nursing Homes
Bromage told CNN, “Any [noisy] workplace or any environment that is not maintaining a reasonable number of people” and without proper airflow – “that is a spot where I’d say I don’t need to be in here or I don’t need to be in here that long.”
Is Attending Church During A Pandemic Faith Or Foolishness?
Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of organized religion. Having said that I am a fan of people being able to exercise their religious freedom. But what’s going on right now in this country with some of these church leaders is utter madness!
No one is saying that you can’t serve your God or worship with your pastor and congregation. But today’s technology allows you to do that without endangering not only your life but the lives of the members of the church and the general public.
And what does it say about a pastor who literally loads buses of congregants up to attend service while a pandemic is spreading across the country? Is he or she a person with a message from God or selfish interests and greed?
Now, some may argue that if you have faith in God you believe he will protect you, no matter what! But is that faith or foolishness? God also gave you a brain… so use it!
Is it wise to go into a building that could be infected with the coronavirus? This virus can stay on some surfaces for up to 2 to 3 weeks. It’s also airborne so what do you think it’s happening with the choir starts singing along with the person next to you and behind you?
But most importantly let’s think about the elderly church members and our elderly family members at home. What does God or the Bible or the pastor have to say about them?
This virus is a killer of healthy 30-year-olds, and teenagers, and infants. But it is most deadly for those over 65, and we’re going to parade them into the church to worship? That to me is attempted murder or at the very least criminal negligence!
Belief in God or faith in a higher power should never come at the price of putting others at risk. And even if you wanted to attend church on your own the fact is you could carry that virus back to your home and your community and infect hundreds if not thousands in your community. That’s not being a good Christian that’s being a selfish idiot!
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