Why are doctors and scientists so confused about how the coronavirus is spread, since all viruses are spread the same way?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Not all viruses are equal in terms of how they spread and the degree or rate of spread. Each is unique and each has a distinct pattern that involves environmental factors which can change from region to region. 

    In order to determine how any virus is spread one can not take the virus and infect somebody and then take that person and have them sneeze or cough on somebody and then check to see how long it takes for that person to come down with disease. That would be dangerous and unethical. 

    Epidemiology uses circumstantial evidence on looking at the people who became infected and what they did and where they were physically located in relation to other infected persons. They do contact tracing and then examine everything related to the infection. What they are looking for is to see if the infection is transmitted via airborne through the air, through droplets or through skin contact or other body fluids. 

    Once it is determined through circumstantial evidence how it's transmitted then the appropriate personal protective equipment can be used for infection control such as the use of N94 masks, surgical masks, gowns and gloves. Whether one needs a negative pressure room or whether one needs space suits for the highly lethal ones. 

  • 2 months ago

    All viruses are not spread the same way. 

    HIV is a virus; it spreads through bodily fluid or infected blood transmission.

    Ebola is also a virus; it is spread through touch.

    Doctors and researchers are not confused by how SARS-CoV-2 is spread; it is spread person to person by respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. 

    - in rare instances it is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks and the infected droplet get on an object and another person touches this object and touches their nose/mouth.  Regardless of how long the virus lives on surfaces in a lab, in community settings inanimate objects are not a good mode of transmission. 

  • Marc
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because they are being told bullsh!t from their respective government departments

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    no they are not..........

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