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Researchers Say Talking Quietly Could Lower COVID-19 Transmission

Get ready to shh everyone you know.

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Shouting to be understood from six feet away, having to repeat every second sentence on a Zoom call: the pandemic can feel like a bad time to be soft-spoken. But research analyzed by The Atlantic shows that quiet talking may actually help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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A quick recap: Coronavirus spreads when viral particles leave your mouth and nose, and fall down onto objects or float around waiting to be inhaled. Masks physically halt that process.