How does coronavirus spread through the air?


19. How does COVID-19 spread?

In this program, Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra are joined by microbiologist, Dr Kerry Mills, to talk about how the coronavirus moved very quickly from China to other places; how it spreads from one person to another person, and how people on enclosed transportation can carry the virus from one place to another.


20. Three ways the virus spreads

Microbiologist, Dr Kerry Mills, explains how coronavirus can move from one person to another in three different ways: coughing, sneezing or speaking. When a person does any of these things, little tiny droplets of fluid come out of their body. And within these droplets, there can be thousands or even millions of viruses.


21. How does the virus float in the air?

In this program, Richard Trudgen and Djiniyini Gondarra are joined by Dr Kerry Mills, who explains that when you cough, sneeze, or speak, the droplets that come out of your body are different sizes. The big ones are heavier so they drop to the ground, but the little droplets float into the air. These are the most dangerous because they cannot be seen. You can talk about them in relation to being able to smell salt water from a long way from the beach. The difference however, is that salt water can be smelt, but you cannot smell the little droplets with viruses in them. This explains why the government is so worried about people being close together indoors, because the spread of coronavirus can happen very quickly.


22. How do we breathe in the virus?

This program goes on to explain the dangers of being inside a room if somebody has the virus in their body, and they cough, sneeze, speak or even laugh. They can spread the virus into the air where others will catch it.  If someone breathes in one of the little drops, they could be breathing in thousands or millions of viruses into their body. Because the virus hangs around in the air, even if you enter a room hours after somebody else has been there, the virus can still be floating there.



Click here for our full COVID-19 playlist.


Other education programs in Yolŋu Matha are available on the Why Warriors YouTube channel or via the Yolŋu Matha learning platform,
These COVID-19 resources are produced by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra, Richard Trudgen and Dr Kerry Mills. Thank-you to © Helix Animation 2020 for the animations provided. All rights reserved.

Add your comment: