Driving with car windows open can reduce COVID-19 risk


Shari L. Gross – Star Tribune

A young passenger checked out the Easter bunny in White Bear Lake on April 11, after Easter events were canceled due to the pandemic. Health officials discourage those from different households from riding in an enclosed space like a car, but say cracking open a window can help dilute the concentration of droplets and aerosols in a vehicle.

Social distancing worked its way into the common vocabulary with the arrival of the highly contagious coronavirus, and with it the admonition for people to stay at least 6 feet away from others.

That can be nearly impossible in a vehicle.

The virus can be spread by droplets resulting from coughing or sneezing, or by aerosols released while talking or simply breathing. Outdoors, wind can dilute the viral particles. In an enclosed vehicle they have nowhere to go.



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