The 6-Feet COVID Rule Can Kill You - CDC Flip Flops

Airborne Coronavirus Particles Deadly Over Great Distances; Think Cobras
 
WASHINGTON - Sept. 21, 2020 - PRLog -- The CDC has just removed from its website a warning that maintaining a 6-foot distance does not provide adequate protection from the coronavirus because it is spread through tiny droplets that remain in the air and can drift.

Relying upon the 6-foot social distancing rule to keep you safe from the coronavirus can easily get you killed, says professor John Banzhaf, who helped get smoking banned in most workplaces and public places by showing that even minute amounts of airborne tobacco smoke particles, far from the source, can still kill.

Some people seem to be relying upon the concept that not going within 6 feet of another person will always provide sufficient protection.

But we now know that this is not true, and people should not continue to bet their lives on a concept which apparently was popularized long before we had more complete information about the virus, argues Banzhaf.

In short, it makes little sense to play Russian COVID roulette by maintaining a 6-foot separation.

Despite conventional wisdom that maintaining a separation of 6 feet is sufficient to prevent transmission of the virus, a very careful study from an actual incident in a restaurant in China shows that one infected diner was able to and did - in a real life (not a simulated or theoretical) situation - transmit the virus to, and cause the deadly COVID-19 in, another diner some 4.5 meters [14.8 feet] away.

There are now also documented instances where one congregant infected others much more than 6 feet and several pews away in a church or other worship gathering.

As a followup, scientists have shown that, in an enclosed area such as a restaurant, normal air circulation can spread virus particles suspended in the air far beyond the nominal 6-foot social distance some rely upon.

To help put this in context, says Banzhaf, consider this example.  Many experts claim that a king cobra has an attack range which can be up to 2 meters (just over 6 feet), but suggest that they rarely strike unless provoked.

Based upon this assurance from experts, would any reasonable person willingly walk through a field of king cobras, provided they would never be closer than 7 feet from any one snake?

Moreover, scientists have shown that germs in a sneeze can travel some 200 feet  - much further some recommend should be maintained from others, indoors as well as outdoors.

Another study shows that a passenger with COVID-19 on an airplane can infect more than a dozen others, several rows in front or behind him.
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