COVID-19 has been around for a while and we’re finally getting some idea of what it is, how to avoid getting it, and the people who are at most risk. But apparently the list of those most at risk of getting COVID-19 extends beyond the elderly, those who don’t flush, or those who are immunocompromised as tall people are supposedly twice as likely to contact coronavirus compared those of a more average stature.
Speaking of being tall and trying to avoid getting COVID-19, the GOAT team talk about why face masks are important on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:
According to a new COVID-19 study by the University of Manchester, taller people are more at risk of getting the coronavirus and being over 182 cm tall doubles the possibility of catching it.
Over 2,000 people from the UK and U.S. were surveyed for this study and researchers believe that COVID-19 is spread through the air at far greater rates than first thought and it’s not just droplets that fall to the ground that pose a risk. In other words, aerosol transmission is apparently a much bigger deal than we initially believed, which makes those coronavirus hotspots even more worrying.
What this in turn means is that taller people (especially those taller than 182 cm) are at higher risk of getting the coronavirus since their faces are going to be bombarded with all the COVID-19 droplets lingering high up in the air. In fact, the study suggests that the probability of taller people getting COVID-19 is more than double compared to shorter folks.
Professor Evan Kontopantelis, who is part of that University of Manchester study says, “The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible. This has been suggested by other studies but our method of confirmation is novel.”
Now before shorter people get all smug about this, it’s best to take this study with a massive grain of salt because it has yet to be peer reviewed and so we can’t take it as gospel. There’s still a lot of work to be done in order to really understand COVID-19 and a survey of 2,000 people is nowhere near enough data.
But irrespective of whether you’re as tall as a skyscraper or height-challenged, the bottom line is that we all have to stay safe to avoid spreading COVID-19 so keep practicing social distancing, stay clean, wear a face mask.
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