(Fox News) Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough is more than just a polite move.
According to new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, droplets from coughs and sneezes can travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought, Medical News Today reported.
Researchers studied high-speed imaging of coughs and sneezes, in addition to laboratory simulations and mathematical modeling to analyze the fluid mechanisms for coughs and sneezes. They observed that each droplet is accompanied by “gas clouds” that allow the droplets to travel greater distances.
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