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COVID-19: humid air can extend lifetime of virus-laden aerosol droplets

19.08.2020

Image: Color map showing the amount of time a free-falling 100-micron droplet at an initial height of 1.6 meters is affected by temperature and humidity; Copyright: Binbin Wang

For relative humidities (RH) and temperatures (T) below the yellow arc, the droplet will fall to the ground in the number of seconds indicated by the color scale; above the arc, the droplet will completely evaporate in air, never reaching the ground.

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Image: microscope; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf