People more Likely to Contract Coronavirus at Home

It has been revealed by the South Korean epidemiologists that there are more chances for people to contract the novel coronavirus from their home, through the members of their own households in comparison to contacts outside their home.

In the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study was published on 16th July in which 5,706 “index patients” that tested positive COVID-19 were examined in detail along with 59,000 people who came into contact with them.

The findings of the study revealed that just 2 out of 100 infected people got infected to the virus from non-household contacts. 1 in 10 caught coronavirus from their own house/family.

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The infection rate was more within the household if the first confirmed case was either a teenager or an elder in his/her 60s and 70s.

Director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and one of the authors of the study Jeong Eun-kyeong said, “This is probably because these age groups are more likely to be in close contact with family members as the group is in more need of protection or support.”

Dr. Choe Young-june, a Hallym University College of Medicine assistant professor who co-led the work said that children aged 9 and under are not likely to be the index patient.

Choe said, “The difference in the age group has no huge significance when it comes to contracting COVID-19. Children could be less likely to transmit the virus, but our data is not enough to confirm this hypothesis.”

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