Sunday, May 17, 2020

viral terminology

Some recurrent terms in the current conversation over COVID-19:

viral load: a numerical expression of the quantity of virus in a given volume a body fluid, usually blood plasma. It is often expressed as viral particles, or infectious particles per mL depending on the type of assay. (Wikipedia)

host reservoir, disease reservoir, reservoir of infection: the population of organisms or the specific environment in which an infectious pathogen naturally lives and reproduces, or upon which the pathogen primarily depends for its survival. (Wikipedia)

herd immunity:

Annoyingly, the narrator goes from calling the university "John Hopkins" to "Johns Hopkins."

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