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School of Medicine’s Mark Cameron discusses the ways the novel coronavirus is spread—and the ways it’s not

Could coronavirus travel through the air? What new research says Mark Cameron, associate professor in the School of Medicine, discussed the premise of social distancing measures, which are based on the belief that COVID-19 is transmitted by respiratory droplets that spread the virus through liquid released when a patient coughs or sneezes; yet then, is the coronavirus airborne? Airborne viruses can travel without respiratory droplets to carry them, Cameron said: “[The virus] doesn’t simply rely on being coughed on or respiratory secretions within a six-foot radius of a patient. Being airborne would allow a virus to travel further than that. There have been hints.”