Since the beginning of the pandemic, health authorities and experts have been careful to make recommendations of all kinds to the population to avoid unnecessary risks of contagion. One of them, with good reason, has always been avoid closed spaces. Well, a study corroborates that indeed 75% of infections occur in these places, which lack ventilation.
There has been a lot of talk about family gatherings or hospitality, always referred to as areas in which the virus gets out of control and spreads easily. For this reason, for example, in many communities home meetings have been reduced to very few people or even just cohabitants, and that is why bars have capacity limitations, hours or a ban on serving at the bar.
Nevertheless, there is an equally dangerous space that is also a source of contagion of the important coronavirus according to this study and probably less conspicuous. We are talking about the elevators, a very small space, completely closed and in which we are regularly.
The danger of elevators is real
In the pre-pandemic stage, the only problem that elevators could generate was fear of falling or claustrophobia, which is the intense fear of closed spaces with small dimensions. But COVID-19 has added one more danger, the contagion of coronavirus.
It is the perfect example of Closed space not recommended, because there is no type of ventilation, in most of them it is impossible to maintain a safe distance, a lot of people pass by on a daily basisPhysical contact is almost inevitable to open the door or press the button for the apartment you want to go to, or all the conditions are in place so that the virus cannot escape from there.
In fact, aerosol particles, which spread coronavirus through the air, can be kept in elevators for three hoursMore than enough time for neighbors using this elevator to spread the virus to each other.
For this reason, the recommendation made by the experts is that you always try to climb alone. And if two people have to enter, what first do it one and then the other and each one looking to one side.
“The elevators are a trap for bears because it is a place where many people enter and leave, but the air is not renewed”, Antonio Figueras, a CSIC researcher, warned in November in a program on La Sexta. In fact, there have been cases of being infected while alone in an elevator, so that sometimes even complying with the recommendations the danger is so real that you cannot avoid it.