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April 14, 2021 2 min read

We came across this bit of scientific discovery that was oddly fascinating and yet very seriously helpful.

Three new scientific studies, published only last month, revealed that the novel cvid-19 virus can spread in ways stranger than we knew. Each of the studies took three different factors into account: airborne dust, low humidity, and public restrooms.   

The one singularly important lesson learned from all three of these studies —cover your face,  wear your MASKS!

Airborne Dust

Scientists believe that respiratory droplets such as those produced from sneezing, coughing, talking, or breathing, were the primary source of disease transmission.

A study from the University of California,Davis and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, however, has disturbingly added to the virus transmission landscape. This research found that influenza viruses can be contracted through fibers, dust, and various other microscopic particles in the air. 

These new findings come loaded with implications for cvid-19 transmission andthe cruciality of mask-wearing. 

Low Humidity

A study conducted by Australian Dr. Michael Ward, and reported inTransboundary and Emerging Diseases,established a causal connection between low humidity and the mass spread of cvid-19. 

This research found that a 7-8% increase in cvid-19 patients could be linked to about a 1% decrease in humidity. This same link is mimicked in other weather trends including temperature, wind, and rainfall.

The reasoning behind this is surprisingly straightforward. Lower humidity makes air drier, which in turn makes the aerosols smaller. These aerosols are already smaller than droplets so imagine just how small they are and how easily dispersable they can be! And when someone sneezes or coughs, these tiny, infectious aerosols can remain suspended in the air for much longer. This, in turn, increases the duration of exposure, making it much more likely for more people to inhale them. 

Humidity, on the other hand, allows for the aerosols to be larger and heavier, meaning they fall and settle on the surrounding surfaces faster. Once again, the discovery points to masking up.

Public Restrooms

Chinese researchers from Yangzhou University carried out a study on the release of aerosols from toilet-flushing. 

They found that the flushing of public restroom toilets and urinals can spray a large cloud of virus-carrying aerosols. These aerosol particles can be easily inhaled, and so present a very grave public health challenge. Scientists need to urgently create better anti-diffusion solutions in order to control cvid-19 spreads or any other health threat for that matter.

Since flushing involves a rigorous interaction between liquid and gas, it tends to release a wide dispersal of aerosol particles. Urinal flushing, in particular, causes a much larger scale spread of viruses and bacteria.

Researchers recommendation: make masks mandatory inside public restrooms.