Covid coughing study suggests NHS staff at far greater risk than thought

Exclusive: Health service urged to rethink safety for frontline staff and provide better PPE and ventilation

The NHS has been urged to rethink safety for thousands of frontline staff after new research suggested that Covid patients’ coughing is putting them at far greater risk of catching the virus than previously thought.

The study found that coughing generated at least 10 times more infectious “aerosol” particles than speaking or breathing – which could explain why so many NHS staff have fallen ill during the pandemic.

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