New MIT COVID-19 Model Calculates Risk Of Transmission While Indoors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a new interactive COVID-19 model that could help limit the spread of COVID-19 indoors.

The COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline calculates safe exposure times and recommends limits for how many people should be in a space depending on the circumstances.

Use are instructed to pick an indoor venue, including a suburban home, a restaurant, or a Boeing 747. The user can then adjust the space size and what people in doing in the room, such as sitting, singing, or exercising.

For example, the model shows that a 2,000 square-foot suburban home with closed windows and10 people speaking normally with no face coverings would cause the risk of transmission go up after 57 minutes.

MIT said there is scientific evidence for airborne transmission of COVID-19, but health organizations have yet to provide safety guidelines that incorporate all the relevant variables.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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