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Thingsthatgo Sun 03-May-20 22:36:12

I read this on a crappy thing on Facebook claiming to be quoting from something medical, so I’m assuming it is utter rubbish, but I am interested in the science and wondered if anyone could explain the truth?
Basically this post claimed that if you got a large viral load of Coronavirus, for example by being in a close contact with someone who has it and then coughing, sneezing and breathing on you, you would be more ill than if you get a small dose of virus from touching something contaminated, and then touching your eyes.
I know that you’d be much more likely to get the virus from close contact, but does it also affect the intensity of the illness?

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katkit Sun 03-May-20 22:39:01

I understand that to be true.

maybemaybemaybe Sun 03-May-20 22:39:45

I was wondering this too.. i think my household may have had it and I had it last, and it took me the longest by far to recover. So perhaps there's some truth there (as I prob got coughed at etc by all the others who had it first). Although of course what we had may not have been coronavirus, we never got tested.

dementedpixie Sun 03-May-20 22:43:42

That's infective dose not viral load. Viral load is how much you shed whereas infective dose is the amount required to actually infect you. I would imagine the more often you get exposed and the greater the amount of virus you are exposed to the more likely you are to get it.

User721 Sun 03-May-20 22:52:52

I thought it was true and that was the reason so many doctors and nurses were dying because they had a much higher viral load that the average person.

dementedpixie Sun 03-May-20 22:53:27

www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-questions-about-covid-19-and-viral-load/

Thingsthatgo Sun 03-May-20 23:04:23

Dementedpixie thank you! That’s perfect, thanks for your help.

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