Could COVID-19 Be Airborne?

There are speculations and studies to learn more about the possibility that Covid-19 could actually be airborne in aerosol form and potentially spread to hosts that way. There is no definitive answer, but if it is, we have additional challenges ahead, especially with the idea of re-opening the economy by sending people back to work. I would hate to be a guinea pig in these experiments of social distancing and masks.  There is no guarantee that 6 feet is going to keep anyone 100% safe and if the mask isn’t of the highest filtration quality, at least a N95 grade, there is no guarantee of anything. But, in my opinion, it’s better to have a mask and maintain distance than not. You don’t know if someone in the crowd is a mild or superspreader of the coronavirus.

Every time a person steps out he or she is exposed to the virus. Fortunately, most healthy people are not going to end up in a hospital or die. However, keep in mind that the definition of high risk can encompass more than just being over 65, for example. Obesity, heart and lung disease, HIV, cancers, chronic illnesses, bronchitis, high blood pressure and diabetes account for millions of people in America and healthy and not-so healthy people all go out to work to make ends meet, potentially placing themselves at risk, especially if experts end up determining that Covid-19 is airborne!  There is an interesting article that goes into more details about this possibility.

The best thing to do is to follow the rules. I realize some people get really worked up about losing their freedoms and having to stay home, wear masks, maintain social distancing, etc.   I think that this stems from not only from a sense of being told what to do, but also from money worries. This crisis puts many people in defiant mode as well. Maybe if they discredit the virus long enough, it will just go away or cease to be such a big deal with the potential to devastate bank accounts. That said, the U.S. still leads the world in the number of infections and cases. prompting a lot of people to be weary of future mandatory vaccinations – if they want to work, for example – and the fear of losing more freedoms.

If experts determine that Covid-19 is indeed airborne, returning to regular work in environments where dozens or hundreds of people are working in proximity and breathing the same recirculated air is a recipe for tragic results. 

Smart businesses that can afford to wait until answers are clear about transmission in the office environment are wise in keeping workers safely at home for the time being. Why risk? Especially if only 2-3 workers come down with the infection, they would have to send everyone home and hope to be able to disinfect the environment, and honestly, who wants to go back to an office where there was one or more cases of Covid-19 among co-workers? Some sources have stated that particles may linger in the air for up to 3 hours.