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Rappahannock Area Health District talks about COVID-19 airborne


The Rapphannock Area Health District reports 144 COVID-19 cases in the region.

Stafford 67

Spotsylvania 47

King George 13

Fredericksburg 11

Caroline 6

Fairfax has 946, Prince William has 390, 25 in Fauquier and Louisa, 17 in Culpeper, 13 in Orange,

Allison Balmes-John with the Rapphannock Health District tells us of the 144 current cases, 52% are female and 48% are male. Cases in RAHD have been across the age spectrum with the greatest numbers of patients falling between the ages of 40 and 69. “Though older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk for severe illness, the virus has been detected in individuals of all ages,” she says. “Evidence shows that even those who are not experiencing symptoms can carry the virus and spread it to others, which is why it is important that all community members take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.”

There have been several simulations shown on social media about the spread of the disease:

3D simulation shows how a single cough can spread coronavirus through a grocery store

“Respiratory droplets spread much farther than many people think, said Balmes-John. “These simulations demonstrate the reasons we are encouraging all community members to stay home as much as possible, and, when people do have to go out for essential tasks such as purchasing food, it is important to practice social distancing by staying 6 feet from others. Wearing cloth masks can also help prevent the spread of disease. While these masks offer limited protection to the wearer, they can help prevent the spread of disease to others by preventing the spread of respiratory droplets.”


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