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A virologist from the CSIC indicates some “trap” places for infections

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of everyone. The mask, the gel, the social distance, are already part of our day to day and, until there is a vaccine with which we can return to a certain normality, they will be elements that accompany us in the coming months.

In a study carried out in the United States, published in the journal Nature, it indicates that 8 out of 10 infections that occurred in the country in the first months of the pandemic, came from closed and crowded places such as restaurants, hotels, bars and coffee shops, or gyms. For this reason, the idea of ​​closing more and more places with influx has been one of the keys during this period of pandemic.

“Restaurants were by far the places with the highest risk, about four times more than gyms and cafeterias, followed by hotels »explains one of those responsible for this research, Jure Leskovec, scientist from Stanford University. According to him, these closed sites helped the coronavirus to spread quickly and accurately, far from being controlled in any country in the world.

A bear trap

In this sense, the CSIC virologist, Antonio Figueras, spoke recently for the laSexta program, ‘Liarla Pardo’, and commented on some of the “traps” that we must avoid in order not to be in danger of contagion. Using the usual measures that we have known for months: distance, mask, and being at home as much as possible, the virologist recalled that closed sites are the most dangerous for possible contagion.

Specifically, he spoke of the elevators, which he defined as “a bear trap”, since being such a small closed space and which many people can enter throughout the day, makes it a place of risk for infections. In addition, we must pay special attention when touching the numbers of the elevators, their booties, to call, since it is a place where the virus could remain for some time.

Christmas by ages

Antonio Figueras also wanted to review what could be given at Christmas. This time of year is especially dangerous since it is a time of year where there are many trips and where, the usual thing is to spend time with the family. Reunions with friends, family and others, whom we have not seen for a long time, turn next Christmas into a hot spot for possible coronavirus infections by the end of 2020.

The virologist commented that the next Christmas will be “different”Since, immersed in a second wave, with increases in cases throughout Spain and Europe, the pandemic could be well advanced at this time. For this reason, Antonio Figueras proposes that, in order not to concentrate on the same place and to be able to spend a normal Christmas, age groups are organized, where, under few circumstances, do not mix old people with young people, more likely to go out at this time.

It would be a good solution to have a somewhat normal Christmas and thus be able to see some family and friends that we have not been able to hug for a long time.