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April 04, 2020 - USA Today

Coronavirus might spread much farther than 6 feet in the air. CDC says wear a mask in public.

Coronavirus might spread much farther than 6 feet in the air. CDC says wear a mask in public.
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Air contaminated with the COVID-19 virus might travel four times farther than the 6 feet the CDC asks we distance ourselves, according to a recent study.

The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that under the right conditions, liquid droplets from sneezes, coughs and just exhaling can travel more than 26 feet and linger in the air for minutes.

Findings such as these may have some bearing on the CDC's recommendation on Friday that Americans wear non-surgical face masks in public — especially in places "where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain."

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