Explained: How CSIR will try to find out if coronavirus can spread while airborne

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News: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started air sampling studies to study whether airborne transmission of Covid-19 is possible.

Facts:

  • Virus causing Covid-19: SARS-CoV-2
  • Spread of the Virus: It spreads through respiratory droplets from one person to another. The airborne transmission of the virus has been subjected to widespread debate.
  • About CSIR Study: The study aims to collect air samples from intensive care units, hospital corridors, waiting rooms and places where healthcare workers are most at risk. It then seeks to investigate and understand whether airborne transmission is a possible route contributing to the pandemic.

Additional Information:

Difference between droplets and aerosol: A droplet is a liquid secretion coming out of the nose/mouth and is a heavy large particle that travels a short distance, while an aerosol is a lighter particle that travels longer.