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A New Year’s Feast Spread the Virus and Now It Divides Scientists

  • Researchers call on WHO to warn about airborne transmission
  • At stake are tiny particles that stay afloat and get inhaled
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As three families lunched at neighboring tables in a stuffy restaurant in southern China in January, they partook of more than a New Year’s meal. They shared an invisible pathogen apparently carried aloft in an air conditioner’s breeze.

Ten diners later came down with Covid-19, but none of the waiters or other 73 patrons in the room contracted the disease. A video recording and a simulation of airflow dynamics support what scientists had feared, namely that the virus could linger in turbulent air long enough to cause multiple infections.