Myth: It is only spread by a few ‘super-spreaders’

Myth: It is only spread by a few ‘super-spreaders’.

Fact: The term ‘super-spreader’ is vague and unhelpful. It does not have a clear scientific definition. When using the term, people are normally referring to a person that infects more people than usual. But we should be guided by the statistics. On average, the carrier of the infection infects two to three people with the virus. This is an average and some infect fewer whilst some infect more. Those that infect more people usually do so because they come into contact with a large number of people due to their work or living conditions and that often occurs before they show any symptoms.

Source: Dr Narendra Saini, Chairman, Scientific Committee, Delhi Medical Council

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