In the weekly ‘follow-up’ section we present a sequel to last week’s best-read article here on Innovation Origins. The story this week was about a study carried out by TU Berlin that shows that the coronavirus stays in the air longer than realized due to the tiny droplets and aerosols that we breathe in and out.

Time factor

Bert Blocken, professor of Building Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) and at KU Leuven, (Belgium), acknowledges the role of aerosols. He states that the research shows that the time factor is highly relevant to these tiny particles in particular. If you merely receive a very low dosage, then it probably won’t be a problem. You are also unlikely to get that dosage in a short period of time either. ” It is a different story when you spend hours in a room with someone who is infected. And all that person does is just breathe in and out. “The particles hang around in the air and that’s how the dosage levels rise. This increases your chance of becoming infected.”

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