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    Posted: February 25 2020 at 3:54pm
We’re seeing some truly bizarre claims about transmission of SARS-CoV-2 out there. Here is a list of dubious or outright false claims to keep an eye out for (we’ll add to the list as we see claims, and keep it pinned):

1. “N95 respirators will not stop the virus.”
This claim seems to be based upon confusion between surgical masks, which will stop droplets, and respirators, which will stop individual virus particles. We wear N95 masks in labs when working with certain agents. They will stop the virus in most circumstances if properly fitted. CDC currently recommends their use in most situations.

2. “The virus is transmitted by aerosols.”
To date, there is little to no significant or reliable evidence for anything other than droplet transmission of the virus. If true aerosol (measles-like) transmission were actually occurring, there would be far more cases, on an order of a magnitude more. There have been some reports that extended exposure to patients in closed areas may lead to to “aerosol” transmission, but there are too many confounding factors to find this reliable.
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The following is a partial list of airborne pathogens. To help put all this in perspective - look at the Disease column and the DIA Microns column.

LIST OF AIRBORNE PATHOGENS, INCLUDING ALLERGENIC , TOXIGENIC, AND SUSPECTED RESPIRATORY AND NON-RESPIRATORY PATHOGENS

Airborne Pathogen                 Group          Disease          Status              Source              DIA microns

Parvovirus B19                      VIRUS          anemia**       Contagious          Humans          0.022
Rhinovirus                            VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.023
Coxsackievirus                      VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.027
Echovirus                             VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.028
Hantavirus                            VIRUS          Hantavirus      Non                    rodents          0.060
Togavirus                             VIRUS          rubella*          Contagious          Humans          0.063
Reovirus                               VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.075
Adenovirus                           VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.080
Orthomyxovirus - Influenza    VIRUS          flu                  Contagious          Humans, birds 0.1
Coronavirus                          VIRUS          colds              Contagious          Humans          0.11


https://www.atzlabs.com/pdf/Airborne-microbe-list.pdf

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