In our series “What’s the Risk?” experts weigh in on what risks different scenarios pose for transmitting COVID-19.
When it comes to getting sick with COVID-19, you might be thinking about this, and we have too. Joe Plaia asks:
“Can window fans spread coronavirus? If they can, what’s the risk?”
We asked the experts: Dr. Irfan N. Hafiz, an infectious disease physician and Northwest Region chief medical officer for Northwestern Medicine; Katie Cary, vice president of infection prevention for HCA Continental Division; and Dr. Jasmine Marcelin, an infectious disease specialist at Nebraska Medicine.
Their take: Contracting COVID-19 from a window fan is low risk.
“Having your windows open is not risky at all. It’s good to get fresh air. It’s good to be able to get outside. I definitely would not say you should not have a fan,” Cary said.
“There’s not a lot of evidence that transmission occurs that