BONUS / A False Dichotomy: Airborne versus Droplet / Roxanne Khamsi and Lydia Bourouiba

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

0:00
00:39:30
10
10

BONUS / A False Dichotomy: Airborne versus Droplet / Roxanne Khamsi and Lydia Bourouiba

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

On March 14, 2020, Roxanne Khamsi published an article in Wired magazine: "They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air." https://www.wired.com/story/they-say-coronavirus-isnt-airborne-but-its-definitely-borne-by-air/

In today's episode, Dr. Celine Gounder speaks with Roxanne and Dr. Lydia Bourouiba, an Associate Professor at MIT who directs the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory. They speak about the difference between airborne and droplet, and what that means for the safety of healthcare workers and the precautions that individuals should be taking. They also discuss the science behind the 6-feet social distancing guideline, which is based on models that predict how far droplets travel in air, and the flaws in these models that may vastly underestimate how far the virus can travel.

“I wanted to know what airborne meant. What does the word airborne actually mean when scientists and biologists talk about it? Because I detected that there was a debate underlying the debate. In other words, I felt that there were people debating whether it was airborne, but part of me felt that there wasn't even consensus about what the word airborne meant. And that that could be a huge problem in both scientists talking amongst themselves, but also about the public understanding of the transmission of this disease.” -Roxanne Khamsi

#SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Episodes
Date
Duration
Recommended episodes :

S1E20 / Not Business As Usual / Dr. Celine Gounder and Dr. Geoff Baird

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

S1E19 / A Return to Sports, a Return to “Normal” Life? / Rohan Nadkarni, Grant Wahl, and Peter King

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

S1E18 / Without Shelter in a Storm / Rosanne Haggerty, Jake Maguire, and Cindy Funkhouser

EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

The podcast EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain has been added to your home screen.

On March 14, 2020, Roxanne Khamsi published an article in Wired magazine: "They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air." https://www.wired.com/story/they-say-coronavirus-isnt-airborne-but-its-definitely-borne-by-air/

In today's episode, Dr. Celine Gounder speaks with Roxanne and Dr. Lydia Bourouiba, an Associate Professor at MIT who directs the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory. They speak about the difference between airborne and droplet, and what that means for the safety of healthcare workers and the precautions that individuals should be taking. They also discuss the science behind the 6-feet social distancing guideline, which is based on models that predict how far droplets travel in air, and the flaws in these models that may vastly underestimate how far the virus can travel.

“I wanted to know what airborne meant. What does the word airborne actually mean when scientists and biologists talk about it? Because I detected that there was a debate underlying the debate. In other words, I felt that there were people debating whether it was airborne, but part of me felt that there wasn't even consensus about what the word airborne meant. And that that could be a huge problem in both scientists talking amongst themselves, but also about the public understanding of the transmission of this disease.” -Roxanne Khamsi

#SARSCoV2 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Subscribe Install Share
EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain

Thank you for your subscription

For a better experience, also consider installing the application.

Install