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- Do we exaggerate when we cover ourselves or protect ourselves from sneezing?
- Watch this video to learn more about sneezing
No one escapes sneezing. Whether with more or less noise, we all sneeze because it is a natural reaction of our bodies to get rid of some irritation in the nose. In fact, almost anything that tickles inside this organ can send a message to the brain and cause a sneeze. Causes even include light, as some people suffer from photic sneezing, a known congenital disorder in which nerve impulses are sent to the center of the brain as a reaction to bright lighting, which “takes care” of ordering the sneezing. But if there is one type of sneeze to protect yourself from, it is sneezing due to respiratory diseasesand that they can constitute a route of contagion. But since it is not so simple to determine what type of sneeze threatens you, it is better to stay away from everyone.
Do we exaggerate when we cover ourselves or protect ourselves from sneezing?
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently discovered that sneezing is much more powerful and dangerous than previously thought. A study published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics used high-speed cameras to determine the size, speed, and distance that raindrops and germs triggered by sneezing reach. Depending on the size of the water droplets, the studies concluded that they can move five times faster and travel up to 200 times farther than previously calculated.
This new study increases the likelihood that a person with a respiratory illness can spread it to others. On the other hand, by better understanding how pathogens are spread, it will be possible to redesign public spaces to minimize the risk of contagion.