Tall people could face a greater risk of getting Covid-19, according to research that adds weight to the theory the disease is airborne.
Data from 2,000 people in the UK and US showed men above 6ft were twice as likely to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. Women also had higher odds if they were over 6ft tall. But there were so few in the study, the results are not reliable.
The researchers said the findings do not necessarily mean tall people are somehow genetically more vulnerable to the infection.
Instead, the team believe the results indicate Covid-19 spreads through tiny particles called aerosols that linger in the air after being exhaled.
Scientists said taller people would be at no more risk if the virus was mainly spread through sneezing or coughing, which produce larger droplets that fall to the ground quickly. Health officials have so far ruled out that Covid-19 is airborne. But admitted recently they are reviewing ’emerging evidence’ that it is.