As restaurants, bars, cafés, nightclubs, and cultural places are closed, coronavirus-related contamination rates in France remain high. A situation raising questions. What is this we do not understand? For a year, studies have been completed, and now, we know more about how the virus spreads.
Covid-19: The highest risk places of infections? Schools and places of worship brought into question
Where are people the most infected with Covid-19? A question Institut Pasteur's latest ComCor study tried to answer to, so has a German study bringing more details about places of worship and schools.
At the beginning of the epidemic, faced with a virus we do not know much about, we paid attention to the surfaces it could live for hours on, we washed packages, products bought in supermarkets, we feared any deliveries. Hand-washing was then systematic. Since then, different studies proved contaminated surfaces only represent a risk below 10%. But careful, it does not mean you should get rid of hand-sanitizer and hand-washing!
Yet, there is another and more redoubtable way of transmission: droplets, spits, and sprays. Yet, facemask-wearing is now the rule in all closed places, and even outside as in some areas in France. Yet, there are a few key moments it is lowered: when one vapes, smokes, drinks, or eats.
“Meals really are one of the transmission circumstances the most reported, when it involves family reunions beyond your household and friends. As for work environment, they are shared offices and eating places”, Institut Pasteur epidemiologist and Comcor study author Arnaud Fontanet told France Info.