How Does a Virus Spread?

Learning how a virus spreads is as important as treating it. A group of people have their hands in the middle of a cricle.

During this time of a global pandemic, we are learning much about the spread of diseases. In the case of COVID-19, person-to-person contact is the primary way that the virus will spread. In learning how a virus spreads, you can learn how to better protect yourself and others from becoming ill.

Because viruses have a simple structure, they cannot move or reproduce without the help of an unwitting host cell. Once it does, it can multiply rapidly. When a virus finds an ideal cell, the virus gets its genetic material inside and hijacks the host’s cellular machinery. It then forces that cell to reproduce its genetic material and proteins.

People who are in close contact with each other are likely to contract a virus from the other. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, respiratory droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people nearby, and then can be inhaled into the lungs. We consider people who show symptoms to be most contagious, but the spread is possible by people who have yet to show symptoms.

Even if you are at a responsible distance from other people, touching a shared surface can lead to infection. If somebody coughs into their hand and then opens a door, those germs can spread to the next person to touch the door handle. If that person then touches his or her face, the risk of infection greatly increases.

The ease and frequency of how a virus spreads can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, whereas other viruses do not spread as easily. If we sustain the spread, it can continue rapidly, but there are efforts you can take to slow down rates of infection.

For the case of the coronavirus, social distancing measures are in place to help decrease rates of infection. By controlling this rate, we can put less of a burden on our health care system, allowing them more time and more care to help resolve the issue.

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