How Much COVID-19 You’re Exposed To Matters. Here’s How To Reduce It.

How Much COVID-19 You’re Exposed To Matters. Here’s How To Reduce It.

By now, most if not all of us know someone who has contracted COVID-19, or in the very least, been exposed to it. A family member, a friend of a friend, a colleague. COVID-19 is everywhere. And the experience often plays out differently from person to person. Some people are exposed to the virus briefly



By now, most if not all of us know someone who has contracted COVID-19, or in the very least, been exposed to it. A family member, a friend of a friend, a colleague. COVID-19 is everywhere. And the experience often plays out differently from person to person.

Some people are exposed to the virus briefly and go on to develop a severe, life-threatening infection. Others unknowingly spend hours with an infectious person and develop a mild illness. And a lucky handful who are directly exposed to someone with the virus never get infected.

Experts suspect there’s a mix of factors impacting how sick people get after being exposed to the coronavirus. There’s our age and genetics along with underlying health conditions — but the viral load and circumstances in which we’re exposed play a pretty big role, too.

Being exposed to a high viral load generally leads to a rougher go of it. There are ways to minimize how much virus you breathe in, so even if you get exposed, you’ll hopefully get less sick.

Here’s why viral load matters:

A High Viral Load Can Make You Sicker

Evidence shows that viral load, or the amount of virus a person is exposed to, can influence how sick someone…



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