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How Vuvuzela spread diseases and causes health problems
Can remember what was the biggest funny instrument used in last Fifa Football World Cup? Guess what it is! It is the loud creepy, noise bombarding Vuvuzela!
Vuvuzela is a type of horn largely used by football fans celebrated last year's Fifa Football World Cup is not only causing noise pollution but may also be spreading diseases. A short blow of spit on this instrument creates a spit showering comparable to a sneeze, spreads at 4 million drops within a second. Specially, in crowded venues one person can blow a Vuvuzela at a rate which could infect many others with hearing sickness. So, think about the consequences of a place where 50-80 thousand people blowing Vuvuzela generating acute sound. So, health experts wants Government make Vuvuzela banned.
Dangerous effects of Vuvuzela
A new study reveals the Vuvuzela to be concerning as effective as a sneeze in transmitting airborne viruses, published in the BBC news reports. A famous Dr Ruth McNerney, who found out the latest scientific experiment on Vuvuzela at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said a "Vuvuzela blowing etiquette" may be needed, to a certain extent, rather than to ban it.
She said, "Just as with coughs or sneezes, action should be taken to prevent disease transmission, and people with infections must be advised against blowing their Vuvuzela close to other people."
Her team investigated the Vuvuzela danger by using a laser device to calculate how many droplets were produced by eight volunteers who played the horns. She found out that, 658,000 lung particles, or aerosols, per liter of air were expelled from the instruments. The droplets were blasted into the air at the rate of four million per second. In comparison, by shouting they produced only 3,700 particles per liter at a rate of 7,000 per second.
So, Dr McNerney warned that "When attending a sporting event and surrounded by vuvuzela players, a spectator could expect to inhale large numbers of respiratory aerosols over the course of the event."
Experts are warning that the sheer decibels of the Vuvuzela are producing at 127, they're louder than a chainsaw, which fall soccer watchers in threat of permanent hearing loss. Shockingly, hearing problems aren't even the biggest risk of Vuvuzela, which is a news that Wall Street Journal published recently.
Instead, the sprayed spittle from thousands of fans, all blowing into their Vuvuzelas, could spread the common cold, chicken pox and even tuberculosis and SARS!And in the middle of African continent, the Vuvuzelas might also create a danger to physical safety. The horns are being blared, day and night, at workplaces, from cars and on sidewalks it seems that causing arguments and fist fights among locals.
As a result, coming London Olympics may impose Vuvuzela banned and similar instruments to take with there.