Scientists in Germany have found that coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person at a distance of more than 8 meters. They came to this conclusion after studying the causes of an outbreak at a meat processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than one and a half thousand employees were infected.
The researchers recreated all the events and conditions at the plant under which people were infected. It turned out that the virus was mainly spread in a cooled room with air circulation. Thus, the researchers believe that low temperatures and lack of fresh air affect the transmission of infection over long distances. Workers in meat and fish processing plants in many countries are at risk, and keeping a social distance will not prevent people from getting infected, the study notes.
“Our study highlights the SARS-CoV-2 infection in the workplace, where a combination of different factors makes it possible to transmit (coronavirus) over relatively long distances. Now there is an important question of what conditions allow the coronavirus to spread over even longer distances in other areas of life”, – said one of the authors of the study Melanie Brinkmann, Professor at Braunschweig Technical University.