COVID-19 Droplet Spread and #FREE Tests
Last week, I had the opportunity to eat with an old friend/colleague at Thai Taste, one of my favorite places to eat Thai food in San Antonio, Texas. I love the #6 Sweet and Sour plate at level 6 spicy. It is so good, I try to visit at least once a year. I had managed to last visit in February, 2020, and felt comfortable enough going last week, a few days before the holiday.
Sweet and Sour $8.95 - $13.95Stir-fried with onions, bell peppers, pineapple, napa and tomatoes in sweet and sour sauce. Served with steamed rice.
Sitting in an almost empty restaurant across from my immunocompromised friend, I wore my KN-95 with neck gaiter right up until the soup arrived. After consuming the soup, I covered up again, until the food arrived. We ate and spoke to each other, with some awareness of the risk we were taking. Fortunately, both of us are fully vaccinated and boosted, isolated, so felt comfortable, but who really knows?
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My daughter pointed out to me, "Dad, the droplets linger in the air for three hours." To that admonition, I said, "But there hadn't been anyone there since the day before. We got there when the place opened." Such a response really didn't get me off the hook, though, as you might imagine.
Today, I saw this video, and Dr. Lori Andersen was kind enough to share some additional details and links, which I include below the video. Lori points out, "One article I saw said singing emits 5 times as many particles as breathing... per person... thatʻs a lot of particles! Iʻm not ready to go to any live performances in a concert hall for a while."
Links and Resources Shared by Dr. Lori Andersen
- Exhaled Respiratory Particles During Singing and Talking
- Droplets and Aerosols Generated by Singing and the Risk of Coronavirus Disease 2019 for Choirs
- Measurements and Simulations of Aerosol Released while Singing and Playing Wind Instruments
- Viral Video: Japanese Supercomputer Shows How Coronavirus Spreads in a Dining Setting
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