- A new study by the CDC shows that it is very easy to get coronavirus from someone who lives in your home.
- The report found that about half (53%) of people surveyed living with a COVID-19 positive person fell ill within a week, according to their daily self-administration tests.
- Disease spreads rapidly, with 75% of infections being transmitted after five days.
- Those who “suspect they may be infected with COVID-19 should quarantine, stay at home and use their own bedrooms and bathrooms, if possible,” the study authors said.
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A report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Friday found that coronavirus infection from someone you live with can be quick and easy, regardless of their age. Come on.
The study is being conducted on 100 households in Nashville, Tennessee and Marshfield, Wisconsin since April, showing that about half (53%) of study participants living with a patient had a test result. positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, spontaneously became ill within a week. 75% of those secondary cases test positive for the virus within five days or less, according to their self-administered, daily tests.
“Those who suspect they may have COVID-19 should quarantine, stay at home and use separate bedrooms and bathrooms if possible,” the study authors write in their report. Research writes in their report, stressing that quarantine should begin as soon as the person suspects that they may be ill, even before any tests are performed.
Sharing a room with a sick person is very dangerous.
In the study, most sick patients reported that they had been in the same room for many hours (four or more) in the same room as the people they lived with the day before they started to feel unwell. The period before the correct symptoms is when health professionals suspect that people with the virus are at the highest stage of infection.
“It was because the disease was so contagious at the time it was so contagious,” said World Health Organization Executive Director Mike Ryan. this early year. “That’s why it spread around the world in an uncontrollable way.”
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Another factor that affects people in the same house as the patient: airflow. The coronavirus spreads well between people who live indoors and gather close to each other, in poorly ventilated spaces, so it’s understandable that people will be infected from the people they live, breathe, sleep and eat with. daily.
“We know that the biggest risks are in these closed, indoor environments,” virologist Don Milton of the University of Maryland told Insider.
(However, as the study authors note, there is always the possibility that some of the participants may have been infected in some way.)
In the study, 40% of sick patients slept in a room with someone else in the house before they knew they were sick. The ages of study participants ranged from under 12 years old to over 50 years old. Study author Melissa Rolfes told Insider that perhaps not participating in the study, “happened but not often”.
Wear a mask if you have to share space with the sick person at home
The study authors recommend that both sick people and all members of their families start wearing masks as soon as they think they might be infected with the virus, “especially in public spaces, where can’t have the right distance. ” You may also want to open some windows (if it’s not too cold) or let fans move around to improve air circulation and blow away virus particles.
If you live with someone who has the virus, you should also stay away from other people not living in your home for two weeks, in isolation. This is because it is possible that you have contracted the virus and have the potential to spread it to others without ever knowing that you are contagious. Indeed, in the study, only 40% of the sick patient’s housemates later became ill with any symptoms when their disease was initially detected by testing.
“Usually if you develop symptoms, it takes about 2 to 12 days,” said Dr. Rishi Desai, medical director at Osmosis, and a former Epidemiological Intelligence Service officer at CDC, recently. told Insider.