Study Finds Coronavirus Spread Could Be Cut By Speaking Quietly

Study Finds Coronavirus Spread Could Be Cut By Speaking Quietly

A new study by researchers at the University of Davis in California found that the spread of the coronavirus could be cut by speaking quietly.

Speaking in an advance of a paper showing the results of the recent study, researchers said they found that speaking at a lower decibel could reduce the spread of COVID-19 in indoor places like restaurants and hospitals, according to Reuters in piece published Thursday. (RELATED: 106-Year-Old Woman Beats Coronavirus In Britain, Discharged From Hospital)

More quiet zones in high-risk indoor spaces, such as hospitals and restaurants, could help to cut coronavirus contagion risks, researchers said.

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“The results suggest that public health authorities should consider implementing ‘quiet zones’ in high-risk indoor environments, such as hospital waiting rooms or dining facilities,” six researchers from the university wrote.  (RELATED: 102-Year-Old Italian Woman Makes Miraculous Coronavirus Recovery After 20-Day Hospitalization)

According to the report:

Microscopic droplets ejected while speaking evaporate to leave behind aerosol particles big enough to carry viable virus, the paper showed. An increase of about 35 decibels in loudness, or the difference between whispering and shouting, boosts the particle emission rate by 50

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