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Coronavirus: Airborne transmission cannot be ruled out, WHO says

BBC News

The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air. The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said. If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces. An open letter from more than 200 scientists had accused the WHO of underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission. The WHO has so far said that the virus is transmitted through droplets when people cough or sneeze.


Coronavirus Pandemic - Should You Avoid Gyms?

#artificialintelligence

COVID-19 caused by coronavirus has affected the world largely. This is the reason that COVID-19 has been given the status of the pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) (1). Daily lives of people have been hampered largely all over the world – the only thing is that some countries are drastically hit by the pandemic, while some other countries have not been affected that greatly. However, precautionary and preventive measures have been taken by all the countries so that the pandemic can be combated in the best possible manner. The problem is so serious that the complete shutdown and closure of businesses have been instructed by the state and federal authorities in different countries and cities.


Baby sneezes, then sighs like she just put in a full days work

Mashable

Oh man, that sneeze wiped me out. Time to call it a day. This sweet little girl wipes herself out with her own sneeze, and according to uploader Hokie200proof, she, "does this almost every time" she sneezes. Thank you for finally getting it on video. Emilia Clarke recites'MMMBop' in Dothraki, because the Khaleesi loves teen pop


African wild dogs use numbers of sneezes to vote for hunts

Daily Mail - Science & tech

When a dog sneezes, most of us just ignore it or assume they have something stuck in their throat. The most information pet manuals give owners is to suggest that their pet is reacting out of excitement or anxiety. But it might be worth paying a bit more attention to Fido's nasal flare-ups, as they may mean something more intelligent. A study has found African wild dogs use sneezes as a form of'vote' to decide when the pack will move off and start hunting A study has found African wild dogs use sneezes as a form of'vote' to decide when the pack will move off and start hunting. The dogs, who like our pets are social and non-aggressive, take almost eight sneezes to have enough'votes' to set off, a research team including Swansea University found.


Cloth masks are NOT enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 without social distancing

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Wearing a cloth mask is not enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus without practicing social distancing, a new study suggests. Researchers from New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, examined five different types of face coverings. Every material greatly reduced the number of droplets that were spread. However, the team found that the cloth masks let enough sneeze droplets through so, if standing less that six feet apart, a user could breathe enough of them in to potentially fall ill with COVID-19. Five types of face masks were examined with results showing that the N95 (top right) blocked the most at 100% of droplets and the regular cloth mask (bottom left) blocked the least at 96.4% of droplets'A mask definitely helps, but if the people are very close to each other, there is still a chance of spreading or contracting the virus,' said co-author Dr Krishna Kota, an associate professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at New Mexico State University.