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    Making Sense of COVID-19

    It’s important to remember that an infected person will continuously contaminate their surroundings to whatever extent they are not keeping their bodily fluids to themselves. 

    Becoming infected from fomites is an indirect pathway, and although thought to be rare, it is still a true pathway of infection that should not be ignored.

    For this reason, hand cleaning and other surface cleaning is still recommended to be done properly, and often -whenever there has been a potential exposure.

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    As distance decreases, risk increases (but that may not be a linear relationship). Virus particles can be concentrated into droplets or spread out in aerosol clouds. Droplets drop, and clouds spread out, linger, and dissipate.

    The virus spreads unless bodily fluids are contained, and the virus is killed or disposed of properly. 

    As the virus is passed our direction, we don’t want to receive it. To reduce the risk of receiving the virus into our bodies directly from droplets and aerosols we can employ protective devices. 

    The most important protection is a face covering.

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    There is a range of risk in the things we do. Total isolation provides zero risk of transmission. The risk of transmission increases as we come out of isolation. That means we are taking a risk when we come close to others or touch things they may have contaminated with a virus (fomites).

    Common sense says to be safe, we don’t do things that could hurt ourselves or others. Safe behavior includes distancing, cleaning, and the use of protective devices to mitigate risk.

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    A low dose might be good for you, and a large dose may kill you. Does how much COVID-19 get in you matter? Yes.  It's almost common sense.

    Whether a light load with no symptoms or a heavy load, recovering from the infection results in a level of immunity to that virus, and may prepare them for a better defense if they are exposed again.

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    People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

    It is especially important for people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.

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    A common-sense understanding about how to how to protect others comes from understanding the basics of a virus infection. 

    Education and social expectation to act responsibly are important to lower the risk of spread.

    To stop the spread, we must gain and spread common sense as wide as the virus has spread

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    Not all viruses are bad for you. 

    But what if you become infected with a disease-causing virus without knowing it because you don’t always develop any noticeable symptoms? Common sense would say that an infection with a disease-causing virus that does not develop symptoms for you is not a problem … but that’s not the whole story.

    Some people are killed when infected with the same virus. 

    Understanding how a virus spreads and attacks your body will allow common sense to guide you on how to minimize your risk of infection.

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    It used to be that common sense said the Earth is flat. Now, it's a ball. What made the difference? Education.

    We are social creatures. We have loved ones. Common sense also says learn to be responsible and do what you can to help your community be safe, strong and healthy.

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