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It means that all the social distancing measures being adopted these days in many countries aren’t so much about preventing illness but rather slowing down the rate at which people get sick with...
Staying home during the pandemic helps prevent health systems from being overloaded.
Overloading hospitals can likely be averted with protective measures like closing schools, c...
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The virus that is causing the current outbreak is a respiratory one and spreads through droplet infection.
The virus particles on any surface decrease rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.
If a food worker coughs over your food while preparing it, although really gross, your risk of contracting the disease that way is minimal.
According to a 2018 overview of respiratory viruses, the virus reproduces along the respiratory tract. It is a different pathway than the digestive tract food follows when you swallow it.
Even if you handle contaminated food and then deposit the virus along your respiratory tract, it's highly unlikely to get sick this way.
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Throughout history, disease outbreaks have forced new innovations in urban design. Cholera epidemics in the 1800s led to the necessity for new plumbing and sewer systems as well as new zoning la...
Better design could help reduce crowds where viruses can easily spread.
At airports, security screening could be done differently so passengers are not forced to wait in crowded lines. It can reduce congestion and person-to-person contact.
Air quality should happen in the public transportation system as well as inside buildings since we spend most of our time indoors.
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As the global spread of the virus accelerates, this sort of do-it-yourself response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) is becoming very common, with medical researchers, busines...
So far, the evidence is insufficient and mixed; there are a few ideas that show promise, but there is also some concern that improvised measures could make things worse.
The last thing you want is for healthcare workers to have a false sense of protection and perform a risky procedure on a patient.
The medical opinion on homemade masks is mixed. None of the everyday materials you could use to make masks work as well as a commercial surgical mask, but the homemade versions do prevent some microbes from getting through, suggesting these substitute masks are better than nothing at all: they could theoretically slow the spread of disease by helping keep the virus from escaping people’s noses and mouths.
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