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Seeing grandchildren, parents, and children

Text updated on 2020-11-17

For many people, it is very difficult not to see their grandchildren, parents, or grandparents. However, the risks of a visit are great: parents, grandparents are more vulnerable to COVID-19. In order to organize a visit to your loved ones while minimizing the risks, it is essential to keep masks on throughout the visit and to ventilate the room as much as possible.

Did you know that? People over 65 are 50% more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 than adults under 65 and their symptoms are often more severe. To find out more

Who are the vulnerable people?

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Many cases of infection are described within families. Even children who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 can pass it on to their parents and grandparents.

Did you know that? Numerous cases of transmission from a child to a parent have been observed and this regardless of the age of the child, even a 3-month-old baby has contaminated both parents! To find out more about it

Did you know that? It is estimated that nearly 45% of people infected with coronavirus are symptomless but still contagious! To find out more about it

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The mask protects us: it greatly reduces the risk of being contaminated, and if we are contaminated, COVID-19 will be less serious if you wear a mask!

Does the severity of the COVID disease depend on the dose of virus received?

Did you know that? On a cruise ship, the Greg Mortimer, which was cruising off Antarctica in March 2020, an individual reported COVID-19. All passengers and crew began wearing masks. More than half of the passengers were infected but only 20% had symptoms (compared to the usual 60%). To find out more about it

Did you know that? Although the mask may cause discomfort, it does not reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood. To find out more about it

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To dissipate the aerosols responsible for the spread of SARS-CoV-2, it is essential to be in a ventilated place, i.e., outside or in a well-ventilated room with open windows. If it's cold, it's better to put on an extra sweater rather than grab the COVID-19 !

Did you know this? So far, only one case of cluster contamination has been identified that has taken place outdoors: it was a festival where there were tents with minimal ventilation during meals. The other cases of cluster contamination have taken place in closed places: sports halls, boats, restaurants, bars, hospitals, churches, etc. To find out more

Did you know that? The risk of transmission is much lower outdoors than indoors, as long as you keep distanced, because aerosols containing the coronavirus are dispersed in the atmosphere. However, even if the risk of contamination outdoors is low, it is not reduced to zero. Among 7,324 cases of COVID-19 described in China between January and February 2020, one case of transmission of the coronavirus outdoors where people were close by was described. To find out more about it

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Even if this is not true, we are convinced that our family members, loved ones, and friends are less likely to pass on COVID-19 than the jogger on the street or the grocery delivery person. This is not true: the risk of infection by COVID-19 is higher in the family sphere than by strangers.

How do our cognitive biases influence us during COVID-19 ?

Did you know that A meta-analysis of 40 studies shows that, on average, the infection rate is 20% within families and 40% for spouses. To go further

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