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[O]ur scientific understanding of the [coronavirus] is advancing at a remarkable pace. So, what have we learnt about coronavirus, and how might that knowledge help us defeat it?
Social distancing guidance is to keep two metres away from people we don’t live with. This rule is thought to be based on experiments from the 1930s that suggested droplets released from coughs and sneezes can travel between one and two metres.
The article goes on to state the following:
[Dr Guddi Singh, a pediatrician in London, said] ‘A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the virus can survive suspended in the air for up to three hours. It can stay on cardboard for 24 hours and plastic for 72 hours.’
He also said droplets can “last for many hours on different surfaces which we may then touch.”
“‘In countries that seem to have managed the outbreak pretty well, such as Singapore and Taiwan, all deliveries are treated very seriously because it is clear that this could be another mode of transmission,” he said. “With deliveries, there is advice that plastic items should be wiped down with soap and water.”
Additional revelations from the article:
- Face Masks: There is still debate over the effectiveness and necessity of face masks. Some say they aren’t effective, while others say they may help. The World Health Organisation is currently reviewing its advice on their use.
Silent Spreaders: Covid-19 can be carried and transmitted by people who show no symptoms, one reason the virus is so dangerous.
- Sypmtoms: The two main symptoms of Covid-19 are a high temperature and a “new and continuous cough.” Other symptoms listed included fatigue, coughing up phlegm, sore throats, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell. The inability to smell and, possibly, to taste may be the first sign.
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