Coronavirus and Height: The taller you are, the higher your risk of contracting coronavirus – Research

Coronavirus and Height:The taller you are, the higher your risk of contracting coronavirus – New Research

People over six feet tall have been reported to be are more than twice at risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus according to results of a new survey.

The global team of researchers, including experts from the University of Manchester and Open University, surveyed 2,000 people in the country, as well as the US, to determine whether their personal attributes, work and living practices might play a role in transmission, The Telegraph reported.

Coronavirus and Height: The taller you are,  the higher your risk of contracting coronavirus - Research
Coronavirus and height : Being tall increases your chances of contracting COVID-19

The results found that taller people are at a higher risk, which researchers say suggests that the contagion is spreading through the air — because height would not be a factor if the virus was only contractible through droplets, according to the report.

“The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible,” Professor Evan Kontopantelis, of the University of Manchester, told the outlet.

“This has been suggested by other studies, but our method of confirmation is novel,” he added.

“Though social distancing is still important, because transmission by droplets is still likely to occur, it does suggest that mask-wearing may be just as — if not more — effective in prevention. But also, air purification in interior spaces should be further explored.”

Droplets are larger than aerosols and are thought to travel relatively short distances and fall from the air, according to the report. But aerosols, which can build up in poorly ventilated areas, are carried by air currents.

The study also found that using a shared kitchen or accommodation played a large role — especially in the USA, where those circumstances made the chances of contracting the bug 3.5 times as high. In the UK, chances were 1.7 times higher.

For a deadly virus infection that was declared a pandemic in March this year, coronavirus have killed nearly 700,000 persons with 17 million persons infected according to the statistics from Worldometer.

Culled from The New York Times

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