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Risk of transmission in homes is ‘overstated’ and ‘not true’ claims expert

by LLB Reporter
16th Dec 20 1:43 pm

A Professor of Medicine has said that the risk of catching coronavirus in homes is “overstated” and “not true.”

This comes as the government will still allow families to mix this Christmas with the current rules stating that only three households can mix in a bubble.

Professor Paul Hunter said that people who are symptomatic or have been in any contact with someone infected, must follow all government and medical guidance.

Shedding light on This Morning programme on Wedensday, he said that some reports surrounding coronavirus infections within homes are “not true.”

The Proffessor said, “Meeting up in people’s homes over Christmas will increase the risk of transmission.

“I think it’s right that we are allowed to do so, but there are big provisos to that.

“If you are symptomatic, if you live with somebody who’s got Covid or has been tested for Covid [and is] positive, if you’ve been told to self-isolate, Christmas is not a reason why you can ignore that advice.

“The risk of transmission in people’s homes is real, but it has been overstated by many people.

“Earlier this week, I was on a programme where it was said that, if you going into a house with somebody who’s infected with Covid, you’re almost certainly going to get it.

“Which is absolutely not true. The secondary attack rate in homes is about 20%, so about one-in-five chance if you live with somebody.

“That drops to about one-in-eight if you live with somebody for less than five days, and it drops probably to about one-in-20 if you are asymptomatic.

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