Coronavirus may spread much farther than 6 feet in indoor spaces with poor ventilation

CBS News covers a new study that suggests that live virus from aerosols can be found as much as 16 feet from patients. This calls into question the 6 foot social distancing rule – particularly in indoor settings.

John Lednicky studies viruses at the University of Florida. “There was a lot of controversy about SARS-CoV-2 being transmitted or not being transmitted through airborne routes,” Lednicky told CBS News. Analyzing air samples in a hospital room, Lednicky’s team found infectious virus can spread through the air — up to 16 feet away from an infected patient — through tiny droplets called aerosols.

This means that wearing a mask is important, even if you are practicing social distancing.