By The Japan News/ANN
The team of researchers at Riken, Kobe University and other entities announced on Tuesday they conducted a simulation in which four people had a conversation for about one minute without wearing masks and calculated the amount of saliva found on the face of each person.
If the amount of saliva found on the person sitting directly in front of the speaker was designated as 1, the amount on the person sitting next to the speaker, who would turn to face them when speaking, was five times larger. However, the amount on the person sitting diagonally from the speaker was only a quarter of the amount.
The team also examined how humidity affects saliva droplets at offices.
When a person coughed without a mask, droplets became smaller when the humidity was 30%, and large quantities reached the opposite side of the desk. But the volume of saliva droplets decreased by about half when the humidity was at 60%.
The team said it is effective to use partitions, while ventilating, to prevent the spread of the virus.