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People are more likely to get COVID-19 at home, study finds

A new study suggests people might get COVID-19 at home rather than outside

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A member of the Florida National Guard directs vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

A member of the Florida National Guard directs vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

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A new study from South Korea has found that people were more likely to be infected with the new coronavirus from people inside their own home rather than those they meet outside, Reutersreports.

The study — published July 16 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — found reviewed cases of 5,706 people who tested positive for the coronavirus, as well as 59,000 others who had contact with those people.

  • 2% of infected people caught the coronavirus from someone outside their home.
  • 10% contracted it from someone inside their home.
  • Infection rates climbed when first confirmed cases came from a teenager or people in their 60s and 70s.

“This is probably because these age groups are more likely to be in close contact with family members as the group is in more need of protection or support,” said Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one of the authors of the study, per Reuters.

The data was collected from Jan. 20 to March 27 when South Korean cases neared their peak.