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Gross Science: How Far Do Sneezes and Vomit Travel?

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Gross Science: How Far Do Sneezes and Vomit Travel?


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Learn how far coughs, sneezes, and vomit travel, in this episode of Gross Science from NOVA. Scientists can use technology to track the liquids that fly out of noses and mouths and study how far germs can travel. Researchers at MIT used high-speed cameras to reveal that the droplets in a cough or sneeze travel in an invisible gas cloud, which can carry germs much farther than people previously thought.

This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 5
5.1.4) Develop strategies and skills used to promote personal hygiene.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 5
5.7.1) Implement a variety of healthy practices and behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.

Example: executing a plan to manage academic, extracurricular, and family

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 6
6.1.2) List ways to reduce or prevent injuries and illness.

Examples: stretching techniques, regular exercise, equipment safety, flu shot, obtaining immunizations against HPV and other conditions

Tags: germs, sickness, sneeeze, vomit
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Partnered Event: Health/PE COS Summit
AccessibilityVideo resources: includes closed captioning or subtitles

This two and a half minute video shows students how far germs are spread through bodily fluid. Support materials include discussion questions for class use.

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Author: Michelle Frye
The event this resource created for:Health/PE COS Summit