TALLER People Have Higher Risk for COVID-19, Study Shows

TALLER People Have Higher Risk for COVID-19, Study Shows

TALLER People Have Higher Risk for COVID-19, Study Shows
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Taller people or those who are over six feet tall are more than twice as likely to have COVID-19, study shows.

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Results show that taller people are at higher risk as the contagious disease is airborne.

According to the New York Post article, the international team was led by experts University of Manchester (UM). They surveyed 2,000 people in the UK and the US.

They determined if the fast transmission of the virus may be due to a person’s attributes, as well as work and living practices.

UM Professor Evan Kontopantelis said the observations suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible.

Further, the professor reiterated that social distancing is still most essential mechanism from getting the virus. However, he said air purification in interior spaces should be further explored.

TALLER People Have Higher Risk for COVID-19, Study Shows
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The report explains that droplets are larger than aerosols. They most likely relatively travel short distances and plummet from the air. But aerosols, which can build up in poorly ventilated areas, are carried by air currents.

In addition, the study also found that using a shared kitchen or accommodation played a large role of contracting the virus, about 3.5 times higher in the US. Meanwhile, the chances in the UK were about 1.7 times higher.