Coronavirus is Here to Stay: How to Keep your Family Safe

published 19.05.2020 03:00

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This means our ability to prevent new infections depends on two things: reducing the rate at which people contact each other – or reducing the probability of infection given contact.

Other non-pharmaceutical interventions, like facemasks and hand-hygiene, reduce the effective contact, or the chance the virus is transmitted if there is contact.

The rate of new infections over a given time period is called the “force of infection,” which depends on a few things: the rate at which people contact each other; the probability of infection given contact; and the number of infectious individuals in a population.

The infection risk is especially high among household contacts.

Although following these guidelines should help, it’s frustrating there hasn’t been more clear, concise communication about the risk of infection.