Experts warning that the challenge with that is the threat of letting your guard down too early and presumably inflicting one other spike in instances or perhaps a potential second wave.
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“I always worry about holidays, these events,” Dr. Daniel Griffin, an infectious illness specialist at Columbia University, advised Fox News. “You know, birthday parties have been an issue, as we have seen when you get a large group of people together and it doesn’t have to be that large – a large group could be eight people – it could be your immediate family, plus now you’re getting together with grandma and granddaddy and you potentially have a lot of spreading that can occur in those settings.”
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Griffin cautioned that it’s troublesome to management the unfold in an indoor setting as nicely, particularly if the home is unknowingly contaminated by somebody who’s asymptomatic or unaware of their sickness. He additionally added that it’s troublesome to social distance indoors.
“The social distancing doesn’t really work, if you say, ‘Oh, we’re going to have my older grandmother and grandfather come over so they can be with the kids, but we’re all going to sit six feet apart unless you can clean your entire home, you’re not really six feet apart from this contaminated environment,” he mentioned. “So holidays are really tricky and they’re going to be really tough this year either because people social distance and how difficult it is not to be with all the people you love on the holidays or people won’t social distance and then we’re going to have a lot of loss of life because we’re going to push past an already maxed capacity.”
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Griffin mentioned one of the trickiest components about COVID-19, is how little is understood about the novel virus, together with whether or not the virus can re-infect or reactivate already-recovered sufferers.
“A lot of the techniques to work with this coronavirus to be able to test is that really viable active virus that you’re detecting versus you’re just detecting the genetic remnants, dead virus, are difficult because this is a biosafety level 3 very serious pathogen, so most people don’t want to and shouldn’t be working with this in a normal lab,” he mentioned. “You have to work with it under very high-level safety precautions that the workers, the researchers don’t end up getting sick. So when you hear these studies it’s hard to know are they just detecting remnant genetic material of the virus that’s dead or is this really a game-changer — are they really shedding a viable infectious virus much longer than we initially thought?”
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While he acknowledged that social distancing is turning into more and more troublesome as time goes on, particularly as the climate begins getting hotter, Griffin warned that taking the “foot off the accelerator” whereas the virus remains to be circulating may open the door to a possible second wave.
“If the virus is still circulating at any level, you can basically restart the clock at that point,” he mentioned.