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This video shows how to protect yourself from the coronavirus when it lingers in the air

COVID-19 can linger in the air. Here’s how to protect yourself

In this Sunday, May 31, 2020, substitutes for Borussia Dortmund, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, look on from the stands during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn, Germany.
In this Sunday, May 31, 2020, photo, substitutes for Borussia Dortmund, wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus, look on from the stands during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn, Germany.
Lars Baron, Associated Press

NPR has put together a new video that helps you understand how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, which has been known to linger in the air.

Researchers have begun to believe the droplets of the virus can linger in the air when speakers talk inside a room. And the speaker can impact someone who is sitting more than 6 feet away.

  • “We see this over and over and over again,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, on Aug. 21, “This virus is being driven by outbreaks in clusters.”

The new NPR video has some tips for staying safe. For example, when you can’t keep more than 6 feet away from someone else, lower your head down and away so their virus droplets won’t hit you.

But there are some ways to stay safe inside, like making the indoors like the outdoors with more ventilation, or cleaning the air with a purifier.

And keeping your distance helps, too.

“Ultimately, health officials say, there is no such thing as zero risk. But by keeping the air around you moving — you’ll minimize your chances of inhaling a big, infectious whiff of virus,” according to NPR.