Scientist: Surfing May Give You the Coronavirus

Scientist: Surfing May Give You the Coronavirus

“‘Surfers are saying that they’re safe if they stay 6 feet away from other people, but that’s only true if the air isn’t moving,’ said [Kim] Prather, who works at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. ‘Most of the time, there’s wind or a breeze at the coast. Tiny drops of virus can float in the air and get blown around.’

She said trying to avoid an airborne virus was similar to trying to avoid smoke from a cigarette — particularly if you are downwind.

‘If you don’t care about your own life, that’s one thing. But this can be a matter of life or death to other people. I’m really worried because the coronavirus is so contagious,’ added Prather, who specializes in viruses and bacteria that arise in the surf zone.”

— “UC San Diego virus expert pleads with surfers to stay out of the ocean to avoid coronavirus,” Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune

Bummer, dude.


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