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CDC study suggests coronavirus can travel 13 feet in air, live on shoes

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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in public health and government officials in the U.S. and worldwide recommending social distancing practices of at least six feet. A new study, however, suggests the SARS-CoV-2 virus was “detected in [the] air[13 feet] from patients.”

The research, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the “maximum transmission distance of SARS-CoV-2 aerosol” could be up to 13 feet.

The virus was also found present on the floor of the ICU unit in a hospital in Wuhan, China and on the soles of healthcare professionals, according to the study, which was conducted from Feb. 19 to March 2, 2020.

The research also found a high concentration on “floors, computer mice, trash cans and sickbed handrails.”

As of Monday morning, more than 1.86 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, including more than 557,000 in the U.S., the most impacted country on the planet.

As of publication, there are 26 cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County.

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