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It’s not just SARS-CoV-2

That is spread by aerosols, that is.

In fact, it’s likely that many if not most respiratory-linked viruses are indeed spread via aerosols.

The long list of probables includes SARS-CoV (the original SARS virus back from 2003), MERS-CoV (the Middle East cousin of SARS), influenza, measles, and all the rhinoviruses that cause the common cold can all spread via aerosols, according to a new analysis in the journal, Science.

Which simply means that if you want to lower your risk of coming down with one of these infections, and just as important for most of us, lowering the risk of spreading an infection, in the years that follow, you should take measures similar to the ones you are using to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

That includes especially masks but also frequent hand-washing, and to the extent that it’s comfortable for you, avoiding higher-risk situations as much as possible.