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Aerosols carrying coronavirus can travel 10 metres: Centre

Explaining the possible routes the virus may take to infect a person, the document highlights the important role of masks, distance, sanitation and ventilation.

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New Delhi, First Published May 20, 2021, 6:03 PM IST
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New Delhi: Smaller aerosol particles can be carried in the air for 10 metres, the government warned today as it shared a set of "easy to follow" guidelines on fighting Covid, which includes double masks, social distancing and well-ventilated spaces.

Explaining the possible routes the virus may take to infect a person, the document highlights the important role of masks, distance, sanitation and ventilation.

It particularly highlights how well-ventilated spaces can dilute the risk of transmission from one infected person to the other due to aerosol and droplets.

Calling ventilation "a community defence" against the spread of the novel coronavirus, it says "Just as smells can be diluted from the air through opening windows and doors and using exhaust systems, ventilating spaces with improved directional airflow decreases the accumulated viral land in the air, reducing the risk of transmission."

People should wear a double layer mask or an N95 mask, which offers maximum protection, the new guidelines said. For double masking, wear a surgical mask, then wear another tight fitting cloth mask over it, the advisory said, adding that those who do not have a surgical mask can wear two cotton masks together.

The Office of Principal Scientific Advisor in a release has advised introducing outdoor air in offices, homes and larger public spaces and said measures to improve ventilation in these spaces must be taken up on urgent priority in urban and rural areas alike.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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