More fascinating facts about the COVID 19 virus

By Editor on 22nd Jul 2020

Each day, the world learns something new about Coronavirus. We have curated a list of snippets of knowledge from across the web to shed some more light on COVID-19.

Vanity Fair has recently reported a number of surprising facts about COVID-19:

Singing looks like a big danger.
Enclosed spaces in which people raise their voices together have time and again proven to be the sites of major outbreaks have emanated from an après-ski restaurant and bar in Ischgl, a resort town in Austria. You can see a video of the carousing at the alleged establishment, where there’s nothing but close quarters boisterousness and singing. As for drinking establishments, a quiet pub with a bit of space between customers probably isn’t going to see a lot of people infected at once. But a rowdy spot in the Alps? A lot of infections. Shared vocalization is a magical thing in normal times, but these are coronavirus times.

You have to work hard to catch it outside.
Coronavirus transmission is an indoor phenomenon that works in mysterious ways. Outdoor transmission, on the other hand, is a rarity. One impressive Chinese study, still in the preprint phase, examined 320 cities in China for every outbreak affecting three or more people. Not one was found to have occurred outdoors. Had the authors delved into two-person outbreaks, it still wouldn’t have changed much. Only one out of the 7,324 cases fit the bill. For the full story, click here.

‘Best Life Online’ has a list of 25 Coronavirus facts that might surprise you including:
– You can contract Coronavirus twice.
– COVID-19 can live on surfaces for up to three days.
– Pets can get Coronavirus
– If you have high blood pressure you are at greater risk of contracting the disease
– It’s less infectious than airborne viruses, such as measles

Website healthgrades.com has its list of facts and figures about the virus including:
– Anosmia (loss of smell) is a symptom.
– The most commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. However, as the disease has spread around the world, healthcare providers have noticed a few unusual symptoms, including loss of smell (anosmia) and decreased sense of taste (ageusia).
– The COVID-19 virus can live on surfaces for days.
– Researchers have found that the virus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard and two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The CDC reports that the virus was detected on surfaces of the Diamond Princess cruise ship up to 17 days after passengers disembarked.

If you want even more proof of how the world has changed, this article in Forbes writes on some of the ‘Bizarre Consequences’ of the virus, author Paul Hsieh compiles a list including:
– Liberal “green” bastion San Francisco has banned reusable grocery bags.
– With new government recommendations that everyone wears a mask in public, a friend commented, “Now the bank teller looks at you funny if you DON’T look like a bank robber.”
– A news headline from August 8, 2019, read: “Video game addiction is officially considered a mental disorder, WHO says.” A headline from April 1, 2020, now reads: “The WHO is recommending video games as an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

 

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