“I know what’s on your mind,” I breathed as I leaned in close.
“What?” she replied softly, bottom lip puckered in all of its pretentious glory. “Tell me, I wanna know.”
I slid my hand into the tender twirls of her auburn hair as I said ever so softly:
“How easily can the flu spread, and am I in danger this Coronavirus season?”
She blinked. “How did you know?”
I chortled. “Telepathy, I guess.”
We chuckled for a bit as the rest of the family, all garbed in white and black, looked on disapprovingly. Even the portrait of my great-grandmother seemed to be frowning, as it observed from atop a brown table situated in the center.
“But really,” my cousin asked. “Can flu spread easily?”
“Let’s find out, shall we?”
YouTubers Did An Experiment To Show How Flu Can Easily Spread
The introductory paragraph might’ve been one done with absolute distaste, but the gist rings true:
How easily can the flu spread, and am I in danger this Coronavirus season?
Lest you’ve been wondering that, you’re in luck because there’s an actual video about it…
Made two years ago, no less.
Sneeze span and secretion span
The first, a test which gauges the speed and reach of a sneeze, situates the experimenters against a measurement board.
The pair then proceeded to let it go, blowing a whiff of visible powder into the air, and the results were subsequently taken into account.
Adam’s sneeze measured 35 MPH and travelled a grand total of 17 feet.
Jamie’s sneeze, on the other hand, was 39 MPH and covered a total distance of 13 feet.
Insight: The slower it hits, the further it goes. Also, one arm’s length is nowhere long enough to fend one against the potency of a sneeze.
And then we have the second, a secretion span.
Essentially a test to determine how infectious a sneeze can possibly be, our hosts went through the following vigorous steps to conduct the experiment:
- Jamie built a nasal drip rig to simulate a runny nose.
- The rig was filled with a fluorescent dye, which is invisible to the naked eye.
- Adam then hosted a ‘get-together’, where he simulated a routine dinner party and performed normal host tasks, like passing out dinner plates.
And the result? It was a total disaster.
Everyone had fluorescent dye on them; the table was a living mess of ‘organisms. As Encik Muthu would probably put it:
“You die, I die, everyone dies.”
Thereafter, the pair changed up the routine; instead of passing out the plates and glasses personally, Adam instructed someone else to do it in his stead.
And the result?
Not a single person was infected.
And so the question begets; what’s the moral of the story? Well according to the pair, it’s simple:
“If you’re sick, you need to take personal responsibility.”
An apt answer, and one that could not be more befitting of the current occasion.
Here, you can watch the video for yourself down below:
How difficult is it to prevent the flu from spreading? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman developed an experiment to find out.
Posted by Seeker on Friday, 9 February 2018
Created In 2018, Relevant In 2020
The video might’ve been published in 2018, but it seems that two years on, it’s still going strong in traction.
As the following Netizen so aptly puts it:
And well folks, you know what to do. Now that you’re familiar with the reach of a sneeze, as well as the infectious abilities one possesses, please;
Take the necessary precautions, and stay home if you’re sick. And if you absolutely have to go out, be like Adam;
Treat it as your personal responsibility.
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