Surviving Covid-19
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Surviving Covid-19

How You Get Covid-19

If someone else breathes the virus out, and you breathe it in, you will get Covid-19.

Also if there’s a lot of virus around, and you don’t breathe it in, you might still get it from your eyes. This is because your tear ducts connect to the back of your nose. If you touch something completely covered in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you could catch Covid-19.

That’s pretty much all the ways you can catch Covid-19.

If, for any reason, there is enough virus in the air in front of you, and you breathe it in, you will catch Covid-19. If you don’t breathe in it, and it doesn’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, you won’t catch it.

Being inside or outside, eating or drinking, listening carefully, not interacting at all — none of that makes a difference of someone breathes out enough virus to infect you, and you breathe enough of it in. It doesn’t matter if it happens in five seconds or five hours, all that matters it if there’s enough virus in front of your airways, and you breathe it in.

Catching Covid-19 doesn’t come from breaking rules, following them, having fun, drinking coffee, eating indoors, eating outdoors, attending a protest, attending a wedding, attending a concert, seeing your friends, seeing your grandparents, seeing a doctor, being vaccinated, being unvaccinated, not wearing a mask, wearing PPE improperly, not believing in a just God, riding public transit, having a dog, or vacationing in Cabo. The virus doesn’t care if it’s just this one time, or how much you want to live your life. It’s just a virus.

Covid-19 comes from enough SARS-CoV-2 getting into your body to find and reproduce in your cells. That’s it. Everything else is just contributing factors.

Please plan accordingly.



Quinn Norton shares ideas, designs, and ways to think about getting through the pandemic.

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Quinn Norton

A journalist, essayist, and sometimes photographer of Technology, Science, Hackers, Internets, and Civil Unrest.