Αρχική World News Droplet Transmission vs. Airborne… What’s the difference?

Droplet Transmission vs. Airborne… What’s the difference?

We have all seen in the news that there is still lots of discussion about how COVID-19 is really transmitted from person to person. Is it transmitted by droplet or by airborne transmission? The current stance is that it is transmitted through droplets, but researchers are not fully convinced that this is the only way COVID-19 is being spread from person to person. I’m sure at this point you might be a little perplexed or maybe you are still having a hard time understanding the need for masks. Rest assured that wearing a mask is not a hoax! Using a mask properly protects from droplet transmission of the virus.

So, what’s the difference between droplet and airborne?

Droplet: Germs travel in the droplets (small moist particles) that are released when:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Talking
  • Close contact with an infected person

There are some other common virus/infections that you are familiar with that are also transmitted via droplet transmission, which include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Whooping cough
  • Bacterial meningitis

Airborne: Germs travel through air currents, on dust and other particles that can spread over time and distance when a person:

  • Sneezes
  • Coughs

When the germs get placed into the air, they can travel with the flow of the air current for up to 3 hours. The infection/virus gets transmitted to others when a healthy person inhales the infected droplets, or they fall on a person’s face, eyes or nose.

Examples of infections spread by airborne transmission are:

  • Chickenpox
  • Norovirus
  • Measles
  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis

COVID19 has been found to spread through droplet transmission of the virus, but it has been suggested by some researchers that COVID could spread by airborne transmission when there is a poor ventilation system. We know for sure that COVID19 spreads through droplets, and until we know for sure about airborne transmission, it is best to take as many precautions as we can. The things we are doing to prevent droplet transmission, like wearing a mask, social distancing between 3 to 6 feet apart, washing our hands, and limiting time indoors with other people will certainly help limit the spread of COVID19. It’s important that we all continue to stay up to date on the WHO and CDC guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID19.


Laura Kendrick is a Radiation Therapist at Penn Medicine in the department of Radiation Oncology for 9 years. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Therapy from Gwynedd-Mercy University and her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s University. Laura has extensive experience in proton therapy, training of radiation therapist’s both domestic and internationally and has created multiple proton training videos for different vendors. Laura has been with Oncolink since 2017, but joined part-time in 2020 as Global Education Coordinator and is currently developing virtual reality training modules to train radiation therapist around the world.

Source

NEWSLETTER

Συμπληρώστε το email σας για να λαμβάνετε τις σημαντικότερες ειδήσεις από το ogkologos.com

Βρείτε μας

2,449ΥποστηρικτέςΚάντε Like
57ΑκόλουθοιΑκολουθήστε

Διαβαστε Επίσης

Καρκίνος και Κορωνοϊός (COVID-19) ΜΕΡΟΣ Α

Εάν είστε καρκινοπαθής, το ανοσοποιητικό σας σύστημα μπορεί να μην είναι τόσο ισχυρό όσο κανονικά, έτσι μπορεί να ανησυχείτε για τους κινδύνους που σχετίζονται...

ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΑ ΗΜΕΡΑ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ

Η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Κατά του Καρκίνου καθιερώθηκε με πρωτοβουλία της Διεθνούς Ένωσης κατά του Καρκίνου (UICC), που εκπροσωπεί 800 οργανώσεις σε 155 χώρες του...

ΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΗ-ΜΙΚΡΟΚΥΤΤΑΡΙΚΟΥ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΟΝΑ (ΜΜΚΠ)

ΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΗ-ΜΙΚΡΟΚΥΤΤΑΡΙΚΟΥ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΟΝΑ (ΜΜΚΠ) Γράφει ο Δρ Παπαδούρης Σάββας, Παθόλογος-Ογκολόγος   Ο ΜΜΚΠ βρίσκεται αναλογικά στο 80% και πλέον του συνολικού...

Διατρέχουν όντως οι καρκινοπαθείς μεγαλύτερο κίνδυνο λόγω κοροναϊού;

Σε πρακτικό επίπεδο, τα δεδομένα των σχετικών μελετών υποδηλώνουν ότι η χημειοθεραπεία ή οι άλλες αντι-νεοπλασματικές θεραπείες δεν αυξάνουν σημαντικά τον κίνδυνο θνησιμότητας από...

FDA: Η ακτινοβολία των smartphones δεν προκαλεί καρκίνο

Σε μια νέα έκθεσή της, η Υπηρεσία Τροφίμων και Φαρμάκων (FDA) των ΗΠΑ αναφέρει ότι επανεξέτασε τις σχετικές επιστημονικές έρευνες που δημοσιεύθηκαν τα τελευταία...

Νέα ανακάλυψη, νέα ελπίδα για τον καρκίνο

Ένα νεοανακαλυφθέν τμήμα του ανοσοποιητικού μας συστήματος θα μπορούσε να αξιοποιηθεί για την αντιμετώπιση όλων των ειδών καρκίνου, σύμφωνα με επιστήμονες του πανεπιστημίου Cardiff...
- Advertisment -

Ροή Ειδήσεων

SABCS 2021: New Research and Updates in Breast Cancer Treatment and Side Effects

The 2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) was held from December 7 to 10 in San Antonio, Texas, and online. In this podcast,...

Cancer Research UK publishes gender and ethnicity pay gap reports

As part of Cancer Research UK’s ongoing commitment to improving the diversity of the organisation, the charity has today published its gender pay gap...

Can mRNA Vaccines Help Treat Cancer?

January 20, 2022, by NCI Staff A technician working on mRNA vaccine production. Credit: Image used with permission from BioNTech The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a spotlight...

A Phase III Study of Spartalizumab in Combination with Dabrafenib and Trametinib Did Not Meet Primary Endpoint in BRAF V600–Mutated Metastatic Melanoma

COMBI-i did not show a statistically significant difference in investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS) in the broad population of patients with BRAF V600–mutated metastatic melanoma treated in...

Wawa Employee Saves Life Of Customer Who Stopped Breathing After A Seizure

When 19-year-old John Wallop arrived for his 16-hour shift behind the deli counter at Wawa in Millville, New Jersey, he thought it would just...

New breast and lung cancer treatments approved in Scotland

A breast cancer cell 3 new cancer treatments have now been approved by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) for use on the NHS in Scotland,...