Airborne transmission of covid-19

Airborne transmission of covid-19

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3206 (Published 20 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3206

“Currently, aerosol generating procedures for low risk patients are often delayed or denied, and when they do go ahead are conducted with meticulous and expensive airborne precautions, while higher risk patients who are coughing, talking, and breathless are cared for by staff wearing just a surgical mask. Retrospective studies from China have observed higher rates of SARS-CoV-2 infection among staff treating low risk patients and using droplet precautions than among those wearing respirators to treat higher risk patients.1112