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Which is more dangerous: infection by a person or touching an infected surface

The English newspaper “Daily Mail” revealed that infection with the Coronavirus by approaching a person infected with the virus is more dangerous than an indirect infection, that is, by touching a surface infected with the virus.

The newspaper stressed that the symptoms that appear on a patient who gets an infection directly from another person carrying the virus, are dangerous, in contrast to the symptoms that appear due to the indirect infection.

The newspaper added that the reason is due to the so-called “viral load”, which is the number of viruses that enter the human body when infected, which is often many when approaching an infected person, which makes the task of the body’s immune system in fighting the virus very difficult.

Therefore, doctors are the most vulnerable to serious symptoms, because they deal with many patients, and they are exposed to large quantities of the virus by breathing near the infected person.

The size of viruses

Prof. Wendy Barclay, a disease expert at Imperial College London, said, “It is all about the size of the armies on both sides of the battle, as it is difficult for our immune army to confront a large army of viruses.”

He added that the way in which the infected virus turned into a potential danger for transmission to others is to multiply quickly once inside the body and configure it in large numbers so that it takes weeks for the body to destroy them all, and that this process is inevitable once a person is infected by another person.
Stay away from others

In turn, Dr. Wendy Barclay said the best thing to do to avoid getting infected with a large virus is to stay away from others.

He added that the viral load would be higher if someone coughed in your face directly than if it were two meters away and the viruses spread in the air, so people should stay away from others, especially if they cough or sneeze.

He noted that wearing gloves, washing hands and avoiding touching her face could protect people from catching viruses in public places.