Speaking certain languages could lead to wider spread of COV
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Speaking in languages that use more aspirated consonants — which are pronounced by a forceful expulsion of air — may lead to increased spread of Covid-19, according to researchers from the RUDN University in Russia.

The virus primarily spreads through droplets of liquid from the respiratory passages of an infected person. The disease spreads faster through coughing or sneezing. However, a regular conversation can also lead to infection, and the amount of droplets produced depends on the sounds pronounced by an infected speaker.

In a paper published in the journal Medical Hypothesis, researchers suggest that sounds that add the most to the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses, may include aspirated consonants, such as ‘p’, ‘t’, and ‘k’ in the English language.

Research on past virus outbreaks has also suggested a correlation between the spread of infections and the language spoken by an infected people.

In 2003, after the outbreak of SARS-CoV-1 in South China, over 8,000 cases were registered in 26 countries. The US accounted for 70 of them, but Japan did not have a single patient, despite the fact that the number of Japanese tourists in China at the time was much higher than US travellers.

Some scientists suggested that this was because the staff of Chinese stores spoke to US tourists in English, and to Japanese guests in Japanese.

Researchers from RUDN University found a similar correlation for Covid-19. However, they say it is difficult to experimentally prove this hypotheses.

Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987720309208?via=ihub
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