COVID-19 can spread up to 13 feet, CDC research shows

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Novel coronavirus can spread up to 13 feet, according to new researchfrom the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To stop the spread, people have been told to stay 6 feet away from anyone who isn’t a member of their household. The new research is based on data obtained between Feb. 19 and March 2 at an intensive care unit and a ward at a Wuhan, China hospital.

“The SARS-CoV-2 aerosol distribution characteristics in the GW indicate that the transmission distance of SARS-CoV-2 might be 4 m,” the study in Emerging Infectious Diseases reads.

High COVID-19 concentrations were found on computer mice, trash cans, sickbed handrails and doorknobs.

Shoe soles might also function as coordinators carriers, according to the study.

“In addition, as medical staff walk around the ward, the virus can be tracked all over the floor, as indicated by the 100% rate of positivity from the floor in the pharmacy, where there were no patients,” the study reads. “Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive.”

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