Saturday, April 24, 2021

MIT social distancing study finds 'there really isn't much of a benefit to the 6-foot-rule' indoors

Researchers say 'this emphasis on distancing has been really misplaced from the very beginning'

A pair of professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say indoor social distancing guidelines are unnecessary and not based on science, after finding that it makes virtually no difference whether folks are 6 or 60 feet apart when it comes to the spread of COVID-19.

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MIT professors Martin Bazant and John W.M. Bush have published a study arguing that "the current revival of the American economy is being predicated on social distancing, specifically the Six-Foot Rule, a guideline that offers little protection from pathogen-bearing aerosol droplets sufficiently small to be continuously mixed through an indoor space."

They found, in short, as CNBC explains, that "the risk of being exposed to Covid-19 indoors is as great at 60 feet as it is at 6 feet — even when 

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