There is no changing the fact that coronavirus has changed life as you know it. This pandemic has swept across the globe bringing economies crashing and governments scrambling to keep up. The medical community worldwide, from developed to under-developed countries, have buckled under the pressure and are still struggling six months into the pandemic. On an individual level, your life has been impacted in small to smaller ways and big to bigger ways as well. Work from home has become a culture, and screen time limits are a thing of distant past. Online schooling has taken over lives and so has staying at home day in and day out.
Staying indoors makes you feel both protected and secure. With the lockdown that was imposed, staying home has turned from a forcible thing to a voluntary thing as people realize the gravity of this virus. This is especially true for the children and elderly in the society as well as those that are at high risks like pregnant women and people with other medical conditions. They have been advised to stay indoors to stay safe even as the world has once again started clocking. But how safe is this safe haven? What are the chances of contracting this virus within the confines of your walls? It turns out the chances might be higher than you envisioned.
The research about exposure and contracting coronavirus has taken quite an alarming turn. All the authorities involved in providing general guidelines and issuing warnings, including WHO, CDC, etc., have been concentrating on how to protect yourself from coronavirus when you step outside of the home. This has given the perception that your biggest threat is outside the home. The whole “Stay home Stay safe” chant is based on this ideology. And this is true as well. The only thing is this statement has made everyone forget the threat your house might be posing for you in terms of coronavirus exposure. Recent findings point in this direction. Some research on this subject includes:
The risk you pose to your near and dear ones is directly related to the age of your household members as well. Other factors, like any underlying medical condition, also play a major role in defining the exposure and risk issue within a household. For e.g., if only a young husband and wife are staying together, the risk is minimized since they are both in the low-risk category, so chances of one passing the infection to another are minimal. This changes when you get children into the picture. Then the risk increases since the child is at high risk of contracting the disease from the parents. Some facts about this are:
The logic behind this is simple. This age group requires more care and are hence more likely to be in close contact with the other members of the household as opposed to the between 18 to 60 age group who are more likely to be independently maintaining their own personal space within the household.
Your household is a potential risk factor when it comes to coronavirus. Even if only one person in the household is going outside on business or to run errands, that fact remains that this one person becomes the risk for everyone else. So, you might have isolated yourself from the world, and all the potential risks it entails, but as long as even one person from your bubble is stepping outside, that risk comes down to you. Also, age plays a big role when the virulence of COVID 19 and resistance to the same is explored.
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