I actually already thought this was settled.
Courtesy of NYT:
Skeptics of the notion that the coronavirus spreads through the air — including many expert advisers to the World Health Organization — have held out for one missing piece of evidence: proof that floating respiratory droplets called aerosols contain live virus, and not just fragments of genetic material.
Now a team of virologists and aerosol scientists has produced exactly that: confirmation of infectious virus in the air.
“This is what people have been clamoring for,” said Linsey Marr, an expert in airborne spread of viruses who was not involved in the work. “It’s unambiguous evidence that there is infectious virus in aerosols.”
A research team at the University of Florida succeeded in isolating live virus from aerosols collected at a distance of seven to 16 feet from patients hospitalized with Covid-19 — farther than the six feet recommended in social distancing guidelines.
The findings, posted online last week, have not yet been vetted by peer review, but have already caused something of a stir among scientists. “If this isn’t a smoking gun, then I don’t know what is,” Dr. Marr tweeted last week.
There is still some debate as to whether there is enough of a viral load in those droplets to actually spread the disease, but I think the anecdotal evidence we have seen supports the idea that this is exactly the way that the majority of new infections happen.
There are too many people who seem to be taking all of the necessary precautions turning up sick for this virus to be spread simply by physical contact or by items transferred from one person to another.
I think the people who are arguing against it being spread by respiratory droplets are the same people who are pushing for schools to reopen and for all of us to get back to “business as usual” and I don’t trust those assholes one little bit.
This is how this virus spreads and accepting that and understanding that is exactly how we protect ourselves and eventually eradicate it.