How a person becomes a COVID-19 ‘super-spreader’
Research has shown that “super-spreaders” are causing as much as 80 per cent of all COVID-19 infections.
It’s led epidemiologists to suggest contact tracing needs to focus more on how a person got the virus than who they might have given it to.
Professor Michael Toole AM, Epidemiologist from the Burnet Institute, told 3AW Breakfast that “super-spreader” itself wasn’t an accurate term.
“It’s super-spreading events,” he explained.
So, what exactly sparks one of those?
“It needs a combination of somebody who was recently infected and has a lot of virus in their throat and nose, plus an indoor environment with poor ventilation, crowding,” Professor Toole explained.
He said a place where people were signing, such as church, or where people are yelling, such as nightclubs, were breeding grounds.
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