COVID | Transmission, Masks, Memes & the WHO

Have you seen this meme? If you've been on the internet at all this wee, you've probably seen this picture of viruses

inundating a city street.  It's usually accompanied by the caption, "Would you go outside if you could see the virus?"  As with much of the information available about COVID-19 this photo is pure fiction and fear-mongering.  Here's why:

  1. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through respiratory droplets (a cough or sneeze directly onto a person) and contact routes (not washing hands after touching a surface that a sick person has very recently touched).   Read the full article here.

  2. In an analysis of 75,465 COVID-19 cases in China, airborne transmission was not reported.  Read the full article here.

  3. A cough or sneeze produces respiratory droplets that sink to the ground. Additionally, while the virus may be detectable for some time after a cough or sneeze, only a minute amount remains, too little to actually infect a human.  Read the full article here.

TL;DR All credible evidence shows that this virus spreads like any other.  This means that to protect yourself you should wash your hands, not touch your face, and avoid being within 3 feet of persons who are actively ill.  Face masks are useful for people who are sick and coughing or sneezing as a protection to those immediately around them and, according to the World Health Organization, should be reserved for healthcare workers who are working with the sick.  Read the full article here. What do the numbers say today?

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