Spewing virus-laden droplets could not be the only way animals can distribute some viruses through the air. Viruses like influenza could also hitch a trip on dust and other microscopic particles, a analyze in guinea pigs indicates.
Individuals can transmit respiratory viruses, like the kinds that bring about flu and COVID-19, just by speaking, coughing and sneezing (SN: 4/2/20). Virus-contaminated surfaces, called fomites, can also bring about infection when individuals touch the floor and then their nose or mouth. Now new investigate suggests that dust particles kicked up from all those contaminated surfaces, named aerosolized fomites, may also