Be careful, if you are one of these people you are more at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19


Be careful, if you are one of these people you are more at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19

Erin Bromage, a comparative immunologist and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, explains it better.

Evidence suggests that the longer you are exposed to the virus, the higher the risk of infection, writes CNN.

So far, you’ve probably heard the main parts of the tips to avoid coronavirus: wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.

But there is one more aspect to infection that has received less attention. Rising evidence suggests that Covid-19 infection, as with other diseases, is related to prolonged exposure to the virus. The longer you stay in an environment that can contain the virus, the higher your risk of getting sick.

Erin Bromage, a comparative immunologist and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, summed it up with a brief equation.

The main idea is for people to become infected when exposed to a certain amount of viral particles.

That viral threshold can be reached by sneezing or coughing up an infected person, who releases a large number of viral particles into the air.

But an infected person speaking or even just breathing still releases a virus into the air, and for a long period of time in an enclosed space, which can still infect others.

"The longer you spend in that environment - minutes or hours there" - the more viruses you breathe, the more it can build up and then infect, "Bromage said.