NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Let’s talk about social distancing and COVID-19 prevention.

By now you certainly know about masks: paper, cloth and N95 to trap your infected breathing and you also know about the six foot rule. Stay at least that far apart to prevent an infected person’s cough or sneeze from reaching you.

That’s based on studies that indicate that virus-laden droplets will fall to the ground in that distance. But will they really? Yes and no, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported.

Other more recent studies, simulated here by the engineering company Ansys, suggests that most heavily droplets do fall quickly, but under heavier breathing circumstances those droplets stay in the air much longer and farther.

Even in normal conversations, people expel microscopic droplets called aerosols that can stay suspended in the air. A commentary published in the journal Science says there’s increasing evidence that the six foot rule is likely not enough under many indoor conditions where those aerosols can remain airborne for hours and even follow airflows over distances further than six feet.

This is why Dr. Anthony Fauci has said in a widely circulated video that he will continue to wear a mask. It’s not 100 percent effective, but it will trap the vast majority of larger droplets as well as the tiny aerosols.

And when we say wear a mask, it means to wear it correctly, over your mouth and as snugly as possible over your nose. This approach, which I’ve seen often, is better than nothing, but now we know you’re still breathing out those infected aerosols. Pull it up!

For the top questions people have been asking about the coronavirus, visit cbsnewyork.com/max, and go to facebook.com/cbsnewyork to submit your question.

Comments (8)
  1. Uber-smart Democrat says:

    Another “expert” that spent the night in a Holiday Inn Express. Holiday Inns has seen it profits increase by over $1,000,000,000 in the last three months.

  2. Tom says:

    Either the rioters will start dropping like flies, or the six foot thing was bull to begin with.

  3. johnnybkay says:

    More propaganda to keep alive the fake coronavirus “pandemic”.

    Wake up, people — the coronavirus “pandemic” is a fraud, an invisible, all-purpose enemy to which the government can attribute any dangers it wants to frighten and control us.

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous redistribution of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    We have been lied to every step of the way. News reports of overworked doctors, overflowing morgues, crowded hospitals, crowded ICUs, emergency rooms inundated with thousands of COVID-19 patients, racing ambulances full of COVID-19 patients, mass graves, and refrigerated trucks full of bodies are contradicted by numerous videos of empty hospitals, empty waiting rooms, empty “testing centers”, and parked ambulances in the alleged “epicenters” of the pandemic.

    It has been a fiction from the beginning, both here and in other countries.

    Even in New York City at the height of the alleged pandemic, undercover reporters released videos showing New York City ERs virtually empty. No lines, nothing. Just recently, Project Veritas showed undercover video of a staged “testing center” in Michigan with hospital employees playing the patients.

    There is no legitimacy to any of it. The masks, the “social distancing”, the “social bubbles”, the “self-isolation”, the “self-quarantining”, the “contact tracing”, the “flattening the curve”, the shutdowns, the lockdowns, the push for vaccination, the push for testing, the bans on assemblies and large groups — none of that is to keep us safe, but all of it is to condition us to accept more government control, more arbitrary regimentation, more handouts to the corporate elite, and mandatory vaccination.

    The coronavirus charade is no different from previous virus panics — SARS, MERS, Swine Flu, Zika — only now the people at the top think we are divided enough, stupid enough, and weak enough to submit to a massive acceleration of the ongoing transfer of power and wealth from us to them. Sadly, it appears that they are correct.

    Too many of us still believe — despite overwhelming historical and contemporary evidence to the contrary — that the government and the corporate media do not lie, especially about the big things. In reality, the government and the corporate media lie about everything — especially about the big things.

    The breakthrough will come when the majority of us realize that the starting point for knowing the truth about anything is to believe the opposite of what the government and the corporate media tell us.

  4. dt60093 says:

    When robbing banks, I have found surgical masks to be superior to N95 respirators because breathing is much easier.

  5. R. L.Hails Sr. P. E. (Ret.) says:

    The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers established in March a committee of world authorities to address mitigating the air borne danger of the COVI-19 virus, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force. No one in the government, or the media have apparently asked for their judgments yet most of our population lives in air conditioned buildings. These experts have forgotten more about air flow, dilution, humidity and temperature control, volumes, air treatment systems and spacial distances than CBS, or other experts will ever know. The CDC analysis of a Chinese restaurant which led to the shutdown of all US restaurants was puerile compared to what these experts are capable of assessing.

    We have the JV squad and the cheer leaders on the field and death is currently winning.

    1. laura says:

      Thank you.

  6. carnac123 says:

    What is wrong with you assholes that are supposed to know what is going on? You change the rules on this virus every 8 hours just so you can get your face and comment on the news. What are you going to say next? If people are exposed to the virus longer than 10 minutes your IQ will drop down below Biden’s.

  7. MoreImpracticalMedicalAdvise. says:

    I guess all the rioters this last week are wearing a mask to practice social distance.

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