Tall People More Likely to Catch COVID-19… Really

It sounds like a stupid statistic taken out of context, but it’s still true. According to a survey of people in the U.K. and the U.S., people over six-feet tall are more likely to catch COVID-19 than others.

The researchers suggest this proves the virus travels as an aerosol instead of droplets because aerosols travel on circulating air currents whereas heavier droplets travel a short distance as they fall to the ground.

Professor Evan Kontopantelis, of the University of Manchester, said:

“The results of this survey in terms of associations between height and diagnosis suggest downward droplet transmission is not the only transmission mechanism and aerosol transmission is possible. This has been suggested by other studies, but our method of confirmation is novel.”

“Though social distancing is still important, because transmission by droplets is still likely to occur, it does suggest that mask-wearing may be just as — if not more — effective in prevention. But also, air purification in interior spaces should be further explored.”

As for being a tortured statistic, we know that men get the disease more often than women, so is it possible that the finding simply shows that more men, who are taller than women on average, are getting sick? They didn’t address that.

However, the study also suggested that people who share kitchens with others are much more likely to get the disease, with your chance of infection increasing 3.5 times in the U.S. and 1.7 times in the U.K.

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