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Chinese Officials Warn of Aerosol Infection as Coronavirus Continues to Spread

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Chinese health officials have identified aerosols as one of the transmission routes for the deadly novel coronavirus that has infected at least tens of thousands and stirred concern worldwide, according to a Shanghai press conference on Saturday.

Aerosol transmission occurs when one inhales very tiny droplets in the air containing the virus. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), measles, and H5N1 avian influenza are capable of spreading through aerosols, which can stay in the air for an extended period of time.

The other two major transmission routes for the virus include direct contact-breathing in larger droplets from an infected person who sneezes and coughs at close range-and contact transmission, meaning a person can be infected by touching objects contaminated with droplets carrying the virus, and then touching the membranes of his mouth, nose, or eyes without washing their hands.


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