Scientists have discovered that the cloud of gas released with a sneeze helps mucus droplets travel much, much further than they previously thought.
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"If you forget the fact that it is a sneeze, it's actually a pretty beautiful process." Okay, Dr. Bourouriba.
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Dr. Lydia Bourouiba used fluid mechanics to analyze the physical process of sneezing. 01:25
When you sneeze, a "turbulent multiphase cloud" buoys the mucus droplets that you release. 02:14
The multiphase cloud released after a sneeze can carry germs up through a room and into the ventilation system. 03:37
Why Do We Sneeze?
Find out what exactly is going on to cause such an outburst.
Sneezing Can Be Caused By Sunlight Or Sex
But 17 to 35 percent of you already knew that.
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