Recent research by scientists shows that the Covid-19 virus is airborne and can be transmitted by air. When India is already the third worst-hit country by the pandemic, are exams a possibility? To answer this we must understand, what do we mean when we say that the Covid-19 virus is airborne?
What Do The Studies Say?
Prior to this research, WHO had informed that the virus transmits through coughs and sneezes. The virus inhabits the large droplets and soon settles down on objects. These objects can also transmit the virus.
The new research challenges this and claims that the virus can inhabit small droplets too. These droplets can be transmitted when the person talks, coughs, and sneezes. The small droplets can stay suspended in the air temporarily. This ability makes the virus airborne.
The virus cannot travel long distances. Its transmission is limited to the people present in the places the small droplets are suspended.
Are Exams Feasible? | COVID-19 Virus Airborne
The new discovery makes social distancing an obsolete practice to stop the spread of Covid-19. The strategy of the State to socially distance the students giving offline exams is now ineffective and dangerous.
It will take time to make new policies and spread awareness about safe practices among the masses. The number of patients will increase. The decline of the mental stability of students will also increase, especially those whose family members are affected. The students and teachers have been trying to bring it to the authorities’ attention that the current atmosphere is not conducive for exams and will not be in the future too.
Moreover, our country lacks the infrastructure for online exams, evident from the disastrous OBE mock exams. Online exams are not a good option too.
The only practice that had been and still will limit the spread of Covid-19 is wearing effective masks. But this alone cannot be the states’ strategies to conduct exams offline. This practice is only applicable to healthcare workers and other necessary workers.