It’s true, the people closest to you can hurt you the most. Or at least, when it comes to COVID-19, that’s what a group of South Korean researchers found.
In a study published by the U.S. CDC, epidemiologists determined that people were more likely to contract the new coronavirus from members of their own households than from contacts outside the home. Looking at 5,706 patients with the disease and the more than 59,000 people who came into contact with them, the study showed that less than 2% of the non-household contacts contracted the disease, while 12% of their family members got it.
What the study did not report was the amount of time spent with each group. It’s highly likely that the infected patients spent significantly more time with their family members than with people not in their households, and longer exposure leads to greater infection rates.
Perhaps instead of leaving your house, you can just find more ways to spend time alone. This is a great reason to sell your spouse or kids to give you some space.