Dr. Jayant Pinto is leading a study at the University of Chicago to answer those questions, and he spoke with ABC 7 Chicago about it Wednesday.
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The current 6-foot social distancing guidelines are based off old studies of how far coughs and sneezes travel, Pinto said.
University of Chicago medical researchers are using an air sampler to look at the coronavirus specifically.
The results could help protect medical professionals in the future and give researchers more insight into the novel virus. Pinto said they should have preliminary results within a month.