A horrifying video has revealed the reality of how a person infected with coronavirus could easily spread the disease on public transport.
The simulation, created by scientists at the University of Oregon, shows how an infected person talking to someone up close on the Tube or similar would cover them with the virus if there is a failure to social distance.
Although the droplets don’t travel as far as they would if you sneezed – around seven metres – they can still travel further than you would expect from just talking or breathing.
Respiratory scientist at the University of Leicester, Dr Julian Tang, said on BBC News: ‘If you are breathing and talking obviously droplets don’t travel as far, but they can travel far enough to affect your friend sitting opposite you, or someone who’s chatting to you.
‘That’s the key distance. How far do [the infected droplets] have to travel to infect someone else?’
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The infected droplets could then be carried further through surface-to-surface transmission.
Scientists say this is why it is still important to wash hands regularly and wear face coverings in such environments to stop the spread of the virus.
It comes as people in England prepare to return to work on Monday as schools start to reopen to some children.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed at the daily press briefing on Sunday evening Reception, Year One and Year Six will be the first to return.
He said: ‘I do believe we will be in a position to move to Step Two of our plan.
‘As part of Step Two we set out plans for a phased reopening of schools because the education of our children is crucial for their welfare, their health, for their longterm future and for social justice.
‘And so in line with the approach being taken in many other countries, we want to start getting our children back into the classroom in a way that is as manageable and as safe as possible.
‘So we said we would begin with early years settings and Reception, Year One and Year Six in primary schools.
‘And today I can announce that it is our intention to go ahead with that as planned on June 1.’
The PM confirmed some secondary school pupils would also have contact with schools from next month.
He added: ‘We then intend, from June 15, for secondary schools to provide some contact for Year 10 and Year 12 students to help them prepare for exams next year with up to a quarter of these students in at any point.
‘By opening schools to more pupils in this limited way we are taking a deliberately cautious approach.’
He said the decision to reopen schools on June 1 came after a ‘constructive period of consultation with schools, teachers and unions led by the education secretary Gavin Williamson.’
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Source: Metro News UK