A new survey from the University of Manchester and the Open University found that older people said they were more vulnerable to the new coronavirus.
What is going on:
- A survey of 2,000 people about personal attributes, work and life practices found that seniors may be at higher risk for COVID-19, reports Fox News.
- Specifically, the study found that people older than 6 feet are more than twice as likely to be infected with the new coronavirus.
- According to The Telegraph, the researchers involved in the study agreed that the coronavirus was spreading through the air. Height would not matter if the virus only traveled on surfaces.
What do the experts say?
- “The results of this survey in terms of the relationship between height and diagnosis suggest that downward droplet transfer is not the only transfer mechanism and aerosol transfer is possible,”; Professor Evan Kontopantelis of the University of Manchester told Telegraph. “Other studies have suggested it, but our way of confirming is new.”
- “Although social distance is still important because droplet transmission is likely to occur, it suggests that wearing a mask may be just as effective, if not more effective, in preventing it. Furthermore, indoor air purification should be further investigated. “