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Photo taken in Japan, United States. Worawoot Sripirom / EyeEm
Photo taken in Japan, United States. Worawoot Sripirom / EyeEm
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The importance of maintaining physical distancing to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus has been stressed by scientists worldwide. 

According to many health agencies, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the recommendation is a minimum of one metre. However, according to the findings of a new study, this may not be enough in areas with narrow corridors.

Based on the computational simulations used, which accurately predict airflows and droplet dispersal patterns in situations where virus transmission may take place, the researchers found that if an infected person walking in a corridor coughs, they expel droplets that travel around and behind their body.

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