Just one individual can spread the SAR-CoV-2 caused disease to multiple people at once. This is one reason why you need to stick to SOPs despite the lockdown being eased.
How Can One Person Transmit The Disease To Multiple People?
A COVID-19 infected individual may take up to 14 days to display symptoms. In fact, he may be asymptomatic and not show any signs of being infected at all. This can put those around him in danger while he is unaware that he is a virus carrier.
Studies show that some people are super spreaders. This means that proximity toward such COVID-19 positive patients can cause many around them to catch the respiratory illness quickly. For instance, one man spread the virus to several while in choir practice.
There are two reasons why some people may spread the virus to more folks. You see, certain activities emit more saliva droplets which can spread the infection. As you must already be aware, COVID-19 spreads through droplets.
Activities like yelling, singing, coughing, sneezing or speaking can cause more saliva to be released. Moreover, some folks naturally produce and emit more saliva than others when performing normal activities such as talking or breathing with their mouth.
When in crowds such as night clubs and funerals, such people can spread the disease to many others. This is why attending wedding and funeral gatherings is discouraged at this time of chaos. Particles of the virus from the saliva can spread through the air and infect others.
Moreover, when someone who has the virus touches a surface, the virus can be transmitted to a healthy person who touches it as well. This is why restaurants are better closed to the public at this time.
Why Are Scientists Concerned?
Globally lockdowns are now being eased. This is a concern because more people who might have the disease will now spread it to other healthy individuals. Considering how someone around you can be a super spreader it is best to follow social distancing measures as best as possible.
Keep your mask on and avoid touching your face as the virus enters through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Moreover, make sure you wash and sanitize your hands properly. Avoid large gatherings as the risk of getting infected is higher. If you suspect you have the disease or have alike symptoms, please stay at home.
The coronavirus pandemic is still an unsolved issue and prevention is so far the only cure. Considering how some people are super spreaders of the disease, it is best you maintain your distance when outdoors.
Super spreaders emit more saliva droplets, infecting several around them at once within just a short time. While lockdowns have been eased, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take SOPs seriously.