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Coughs, Sneezes, & the Rapid Spread of COVID-19 & Other Diseases


Long before COVID-19 scientists and medical professionals have known that sneezes and coughs send germs and bacteria into the air to infect an innocent bystander. According to the Centers for Disease Control, viruses such as the flu and COVID-19 spread via droplets made when people infected with the virus cough, sneeze or talk. Generally speaking people within six feet are most likely to be susceptible to becoming infected by the droplets emitted from the sneeze and cough. However, researchers believe the distance could be further than six feet.

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In 2016, Lydia Bourouiba, a researcher from MIT, conducted a study of “violent respiratory events such as coughs and sneezes” and the role they play in transferring respiratory diseases between those infected to a susceptible individual.


Another research study conducted by the University of Bristol found that a sneeze can spew droplets at speeds of up to 100 mph! The study also revealed that an average sneeze or cough sends around 100,000 contagious germs into the air. This is why experts and medical professionals are concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19.

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In addition to masks and regular hand washing, sneeze guards help keep people safe from the spread of germs through sneezes and coughs. Sneezeguard Solutions offers a wide variety of sneeze guards to fit any work environment that can be permanently installed or temporarily to move around. To help control the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases contact Sneezeguard Solutions today, 800.333.2687.