Droplet? Airborne? Aerosol? All of the above!

We used to think that the Covid-19 virus was transmitted only by droplets in the air (and, less commonly, on surfaces we touch).

Droplets — a term with a very specific meaning in nursing, and clear protocols we must follow in caring for patients who require droplet precautions — can travel up to six feet before falling out of the air and ceasing to pose a threat.

How Is SARS-COV-2 Transmitted? published today by the nurses union, National Nurses United (NNU), claims otherwise.

Recent studies show there are also aerosol and airborne components in the transmission process. These travel much farther than six feet, and remain airborne longer. The danger is worse than we’d feared.

Go nurses union! Educate us and keep us safe!

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