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Is it reasonable/logical to say nurses treating covid patients don't already have it?

Disasters   (173 Views | 1 Replies)

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I'm either asymptomatic or the luckiest *** in the world because these patients are literally no precaution one day to "oh hes covid positive, move him to the negative pressure room." I mean we were all in these rooms 12 hours a day wearing no PPE at all.

If this disease is that contagious, is it not reasonable to say most of us have already got it? Not that they are testing us unless we're half dead at my hospital anyways.

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It's not clear how contagious COVID-19 is. Most evidence points to it being primarily droplet transmission, however, there is evidence that the virus can be airborne under certain limited circumstances (e.g. an infected patient using a CPAP machine). There seems to be numerous cases of people living with an infected person and not catching the virus themselves. This isn't measles level contagious. Not by a long shot.

So if the patient doesn't cough or spit talk close to you and you're consistent with hand sanitization and absolutely never touching your eyes, nose or mouth... it's definitely possible that you could be exposed to infected persons and never actually become infected yourself. Here's an interesting article on the subject:

https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/16/coronavirus-can-become-aerosol-doesnt-mean-doomed/

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