The Anonymous Widower

Coronavirus: Can I Be Infected By Touching Surfaces?

The title of this post is the same as that of an article on The Sunday Times.

The article is worth reading.

These two paragraphs some up the latest thoughts on infection from surfaces.

Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told the US science website Nautilus that there had been “a lot of fear” at the beginning of the pandemic about transmission of the virus if people touched their faces after contact with metal, plastic or other contaminated surfaces, collectively known to scientists as fomites.

Yet the evidence suggests that the virus on most surfaces is not strong enough to make people ill. “It’s not through surfaces,” she added. “It’s from being close to someone spewing virus from their nose and mouth, without in most cases knowing they are doing so.”

I travel around the Underground a lot and I’m always masked, when I enter stations and usually use the hand-sanitisers, at least once on a trip. Most in London, seem to be acting similarly.

There has been no scares about using the Underground because of high-rates of the covids in recent months, that I can find.

More importantly, under a sub-title of Why Are Young Women The Targets Now?, this is the first paragraph.

The disease that ravaged care homes and turned the elderly into hermits for much of the spring has taken aim at different targets this autumn. Public Health England’s most recent statistics show that the 20-29 age group has had the most new cases since the end of June, followed closely by the 30-39 age group. In both those groups, more women are being infected than men.

This is paragraph is from the NHS web site.

Reported cases of coeliac disease are around 3 times higher in women than men. It can develop at any age, although symptoms are most likely to develop: during early childhood – between 8 and 12 months old, although it may take several years before a correct diagnosis is made.

Could this paragraph partly explain, the fact that women in their twenties and thirties are suffering from the covids?

Coeliac disease affects one in fifty of the population.

As a coeliac, it’s no hard task to stick to a gluten-free diet.

And I get the bonus of being 25 % less likely to suffer from cancer, according to peer-reviewed research from Nottingham University.

October 4, 2020 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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