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When can we stop being paranoid?


Rakesh Wadhwa:

How long before you think we get information about some of these aspects of our daily lives that we can say, okay, you don't have to be so paranoid at all point in time you know?


Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan:

Data or that information already exists. In India you don't see as much of it but I've seen these risk scores in the US. That will tell you what is your risk score. Tennis, for example, it has a risk score of one. Being in an airplane of five or six. So these relative risks numbers are out there you could probably find them. And again I would put the packaging on vegetables or the newspaper that really one or zero. But that information is reasonably well established out there. the parts that we don't know a little well is really to do with how much of the transmission is what's called equal order which is basically hands that are not washed, and sewage coming in contact much like what the diarrhoea and typhoid which is how we get those diseases. We don't know how much of that is happening for COVID. We know that COVID survives in the environment in that people transition mode. So it's in the sewage, for instance, we can pick it up in the sewage but we don't understand that part. But the other part which is not relevant for both of your audience which is only able to wash hands and it has toilet access and so forth. Of course when you go outside you wear a mask. I sometimes see people with riding gloves. I don't know how you spell that but it makes me feel better than people. But the outside is less of a concern than the inside.

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