The primary reasoning concerns the driving force behind communal spread: asymptomatic transmission.
Early on, experts determined that roughly 40% of COVID-19 patients would not experience clinically recognizable manifestations of the disease.
Although this appears to be more reliably true with respect to young, otherwise healthy carriers, asymptomatic cases may be responsible for more than 50% of new coronavirus transmissions.
This new figure was recently posited by guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In it, the researchers set out to determine the risk associated with sharing a tight space with airline passengers infected with the novel coronavirus who were not expressing characteristic modes of transmission like coughing and sneezing.
Updated COVID-19 literature has never been more important considering, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are all holidays premised by social gatherings.
Even if you do not feel ill, be sure to receive an antibody test five days after a suspected indent or a PCR test if you plan on visiting others.
“Undocumented cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have been common during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic,” the researchers wrote in the new report. “Although inflight transmission of symptomatic COVID-19 has been well established the evidence for transmission of asymptomatic COVID-19 on an aircraft is inconclusive. We conducted a cohort study evaluating asymptomatic passengers on a flight that carried 6 asymptomatic patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections. The Institutional Review Board of Armed Force Medical Command approved the study protocol. The ethics commission waived written informed consent because of the urgent need to collect data on COVID-19.”
“Our research provides evidence of asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 on an airplane. Further attention is warranted to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on aircraft. Our results suggest that stringent global regulations for the prevention of COVID-19 transmission on aircraft can prevent public health emergencies.”
Not only is it possible to contract the coronavirus from a carrier who merely talks in your vicinity, but carriers often shed the most viral debris before the onset of symptoms.
“One phrase from one of the health officers I’ve spoken with was ‘you might have to miss Thanksgiving, but you won’t have to go to a funeral at Christmas,’ and I think that’s very grim,” said Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, an infectious disease doctor, and a retired UW professor in a release.”You can be sick, that is to say, infected, for five to seven days before you begin to really feel sick.”
Right now, The Biden Administration has not voiced plans to initiate a national lockdown before or after the holiday season, though this could change depending on potential spikes early next year.
As it stands, health officials recommend limiting gatherings to 10 at the very most. Even those who can withstand the cold for outdoor festivities should exercise caution in consideration of rising cases.
“If we are outdoor and wearing our mask and staying away from each other, yes we can reduce the risk of circulation of the virus tremendously, but still not zero,” added Dr. Ali Mokdad, from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “We could see a rise in infection because we met together at home around a meal where we took off our mask and we allowed somebody to infect the rest of the family members.”