Ventilator vs. respirator, quarantine vs. isolation: 2020 pandemic terms, defined
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Life around the world is changing dramatically as we practise social distancing, staying away from our friends and avoiding going to our favourite places, or even being unable to work. We already l...
Top experts say the virus is going to be circulating for a year or two and can keep infecting people, causing outbreaks until there is a vaccine or treatment to stop it. If we drop the unpleasant and strict measures, the virus outbreak can know no boundaries or limits of infections. It won’t simply go away in two weeks.
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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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