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Coronavirus Infection May Spread Via Aerosols
As evidence has shown that asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19 can shed the virus before becoming ill, scientists are now considering that the novel coronavirus is spread via fluid particles smaller than 5 microns. This would mean that COVID-19 can be spread via breathing and talking (ie, aerosols), not just through larger respiratory droplets generated via coughing, as originally thought. If so, oral health professionals may need to use higher level protection once they return to practice. Click here to learn about the differences between surgical masks and N95 respirators from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And stay tuned for further COVID-19 updates from Decisions that will address the mask vs respirator question.