Elevators and Coronavirus (going down?)

If you’re returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, and you’re worried about elevators being a hotspot for transmission, you’re not alone. However, there does appear to be some good news about this topic, according to ABC News. According to reports, there was a study done in Seoul, South Korea involving a 19-story building that suggested that the virus was spread, “almost exclusively between those working on the same floor.” The study noted that there was substantial interactions between people from different floors, however, this did not seem to be the primary mode of transmission. Dr. Todd Ellerin, who is the director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health in Weymouth, Massachusetts, weighed in on the study and noted, “This argues that elevators are not a hot spot for transmission.”

Another epidemiology professor, Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University, stressed the importance of wearing masks as critical, as the Seoul study pointed out. Since people are in elevators for only a short period of time, the risk of catching the coronavirus while wearing a mask is small, experts agree. However, it is still crucial to stand as far away as possible from other people while on an elevator, do not touch others, and wear a mask in order to be as safe as possible.

Although people in the United States have been more lax about mask wearing than in other countries, it still appears to be the most important factor in reducing coronavirus transmission. A recent study published on June 10, 2020 published by The Royal Society Publishing journal reported that, “…the results of two mathematical models…show that facemask use by the public could make a major contribution to reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The researchers noted that a key message from their study that may aid in encouraging people to wear facemasks is: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”

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