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When it solely takes ‘seconds’ to turn into contaminated with COVID variants, how do you shield your self?
It might take solely seconds to get contaminated with the U.Ok. variant of the COVID-19 virus.
Well being officers throughout the nation are warning Canadians of the potential for elevated contagiousness of the variants, which means they’ll unfold extra rapidly and extensively than the one we’ve been residing with for the previous yr.
In Ontario, public well being officers have warned something aside from a “transient” publicity to the U.Ok. variant — your hand momentarily touching that of a grocery retailer cashier as you obtain a bag, or strolling by an contaminated individual in a hallway — counts as excessive threat.
Concept that COVID-19 leaked from a lab ‘extraordinarily unlikely,’ says WHO
A World Well being Group investigation in China discovered that the coronavirus most definitely jumped to people by an animal host or frozen wildlife merchandise that carried the pathogen, and that there was no proof of serious outbreaks within the nation earlier than December 2019.
The speculation the virus got here from a laboratory leak was “extraordinarily unlikely,” Peter Ben Embarek, a WHO official, informed reporters Tuesday at a joint WHO-China briefing in Wuhan, town the place Covid-19 first mushroomed on the finish of 2019. He stated no additional analysis or research is required into this idea, which has been promulgated by some, together with former U.S. President Donald Trump.
“It might’ve been launched by an individual who was contaminated after which unfold to different individuals available in the market — could possibly be a dealer or customer — but it surely additionally could possibly be the introduction of a product,” stated Embarek, referring to the Huanan moist market in Wuhan, which lots of the first Covid sufferers have been linked to. “Among the many extra attention-grabbing merchandise have been frozen wildlife animals, a few of these species are recognized to be vulnerable to those sorts of viruses.”