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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The virus that causes COVID-19 can persist in aerosol form, some studies suggest. But the potential for transmission depends on many factors, including infectiousness, dose and ventilation.



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"After attending a choir practice in Washington State in early March, 45 people were diagnosed with or developed symptoms of COVID-19 even though they had not shaken hands or stood close to one another. At least two died."

Tanya Lewis @tanyalewis314

@CDCgov put out a report today about the Washington choir practice I mention in my story

High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice " Skagit County, Washington, March 2020

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-13 09:07 AM | Reply

Excellent article.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-13 03:29 PM | Reply

Good article. More emphasis should be put on how simple (and hence comfortable) a mask can be that still prevent peoples from spreading the virus to other people. Also, nationwide we are almost there with this thing. The number of new cases has been flat for an entire month meaning that every person that gets it is only giving it to one other person. We need to figure out way to half that number. More aggressive contact tracing and quarantining stategies have to be discussed and implemented.

#3 | Posted by danS at 2020-05-13 07:35 PM | Reply

"The number of new cases has been flat for an entire month meaning that every person that gets it is only giving it to one other person."

On average, sure.
Once you start looking more closely, it's not the same.
Daily new cases in NY are on the decline, while daily new cases in TX are on the rise.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-13 09:02 PM | Reply

From the article:

But there are seeming exceptions, such as the choir practice in Washington State, Cowling says. For unknown reasons, some individuals seem to infect many more people than others do. These so-called superspreaders were documented in the SARS outbreak of 2003, too. In what has become known as the 20/80 rule, about 80 percent of infectious-disease-transmission events may be associated with just 20 percent of cases, Cowling notes. "We don't know how to identify those 20 percent," he says. "But if we were able to, in some way, then that would be a major advance."

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-13 09:10 PM | Reply

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