Day: August 1, 2020

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

“We’re getting surprises all the way along,” Dr. Conly said. “This paper I find interesting, but it has a long way to go to be able to get into a line of credibility, in my mind.”

Dr. George Rutherford, a professor of epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco, was equally skeptical. He said that, outside of hospital settings, “large droplets in my mind account for the vast majority of cases. Aerosols transmission — if you really run with that, it creates lots of dissonance. Are there situations where it could occur? Yeah maybe, but it’s a tiny amount.”

Dr. Tang and other scientists strongly disagree. “If I’m talking to an infectious person for 15 or 20 minutes and inhaling some of their air,” Dr. Tang said, “isn’t that a much simpler way to explain transmission than touching an infected surface and touching your eyes? When you’re talking about

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