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MIT researchers claim risk of contracting COVID-19 indoors is the same at 6ft and 60ft

A new study conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers recently stated that the risk of being exposed to Covid-19 indoors can be as great at 60 feet as it is at 6 feet in a room where the air is mixed — even when wearing a mask.

MIT professor Martin Z. Bazant, who teaches chemical engineering and applied mathematics, developed a method of calculating exposure risk to Covid-19 indoors that factors in a variety of issues that could affect transmission, including the period of time spent inside, air filtration and circulation, immunization, variant strains, mask use, and even respiratory activity such as breathing, eating, speaking or singing.

He recently stated about the study topic “We argue there really isn’t much of a benefit to the 6-foot rule, especially when people are wearing masks” since everyone in the room is breathing the same air, Bazant said in an interview. “It really has almost no physical basis because the air a person is breathing while wearing a mask tends to rise and comes down elsewhere in the room so you’re more exposed to the average background than you are to a person at a distance.”

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