A new study finds that people in Australia should be mindful of the spread of coronaviral disease.
In the study, published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Melbourne examined data from more than 3,500 people who had been vaccinated or followed the WHO guidelines for the first time in 2015.
They found that those with a history of the virus, who had tested positive within the first few months of becoming infected, were at a higher risk of becoming symptomatic and developing serious symptoms.
“We found that people with recent positive tests were also at higher risk,” lead researcher Professor Ian Aiken said.
“People who tested positive in early-to-mid-2016 had an increased risk of developing serious coronaviscid-related complications, such as pneumonia, or complications of other conditions that require hospitalization.”
The researchers also found that the more times someone had tested negative, the higher their risk of infection.
“Those who were exposed to the virus more than twice in the past year were also more likely to develop serious complications,” Dr Aiken explained.
“Our study provides further evidence that the timing of exposure is important to understanding coronaviolosis.”
In the context of this research, the timing and frequency of exposure are key to understanding the potential risks associated with this new coronavievirus.”‘
It’s not just me, I’ve been exposed’Dr Aiken told the ABC the study showed that “it’s not all just me”, adding that “everyone who gets the vaccine has to be aware of their risk factors and their susceptibility to this new virus”.”
It’s the average person that has to make a concerted effort to protect themselves,” he said.
Dr Aiden said the findings were “very encouraging”, and he hoped the research could help “strengthen” public health measures.”
If you’re doing your own risk assessment, the sooner you know about these new coronovirus infections, the better you’ll be able to make changes to prevent further transmission of this virus,” he added.
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