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Is COVID-19 airborne?

By April 3, 2020 April 9th, 2020 Disaster Lady QA

Question to the DL: I have heard of experts saying both sides of this – is the virus airborne or not? In the interview I saw of Michael Osterholm – I believe he said it was air born – not simply a virus on something. I have to go back and watch it again.

Disaster Lady Answer: It has not been determined that the virus is airborne, but certain epidemiologists are comparing to it the SARS 2003 virus and that is why you are seeing it in the news. However, while COVID-19 has similarities to SARS 2003, there are still several aspects of its pathology that do not align. Just remember that correlation is not causation. The likelihood is that the real answer will not be known for at least another 6 months. The one thing that they do know for sure is that it is transferred by sputum (mucus and saliva). That said, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions as it is an airborne virus until we are through this. Thanks for asking! :>

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