We remember being assured at one time that the chance of getting COVID-19 from passing another person on the sidewalk was infinitesimal. Despite that, a lot of municipalities are mandating masks outdoors regardless of vaccination status, but even Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the mandate didn’t cover “fleeting encounters” like passing on the sidewalk. Now the Daily Mail is reporting that researchers working in India have found that the coronavirus can spread further if there’s a breeze, so masks are recommended outdoors, especially on windy days.
Face masks should be worn OUTSIDE -especially when it's windy – to curb the spread of Covid, scientists say https://t.co/jSpYSZqYaG
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) October 12, 2021
The Mail reports:
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay simulated just how far the coronavirus can spread in both calm and windy conditions.
Results showed there was an ‘increased infection risk’ even if there was just a small gust of five miles per hour.
Lead author Professor Amit Agrawal said: ‘We recommend wearing masks outdoors, particularly in breezy conditions.’
The study concludes that even a small breeze of five miles per hour in the same direction someone is coughing increases how far the virus spreads by 20 percent.
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— Tom Parkin (@Tomparkin_dcfc) October 12, 2021
Hold on, you're meant to open windows indoors to help airflow and now they're saying airflow helps spread Covid? 😂
— Dink (@r0cketbaws) October 12, 2021
Good thing we’ve got little school kids encased in plexiglass boxes for lunch.
— The American Guy 🇺🇸 (@YankReb69) October 12, 2021
Yeah, not happening. I don’t even wear them inside any more.
— Michael Hester (@MikeHester88) October 12, 2021
Please keep 2 metres from air at all times.
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Surely the wind blows it away??
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— AlexT145 (@T145Alex) October 12, 2021
NO NO NO NO NO NO pic.twitter.com/UnWtOyyStv
— Stefan Boyle (@StefanBoyle) October 12, 2021
Spent last 18months telling us to meet outside as it’s safer. Muppets.
— Ian Kenealy (@ianjk23) October 12, 2021
We’d thought from media reports that the political party most represented by outdoor crowds was the best indicator of a superspreader event.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces that masks will be mandated in most outdoor settings, regardless of vaccination status https://t.co/VTpNcsis4h
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 25, 2021