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Why are weddings driving spread?
« on: February 13, 2021, 11:34:53 PM »
I've been saying this for a long time, and I think it's pretty straight forward. People don't spread COVID by coming in contact with the same people every day, it's when a new potentially infected person gets added to the mix that transmission becomes much more likely. The most obvious case in the frum world is weddings, we see people going to shul, work, and stores every day with little transmission. As soon as you add weddings to the mix it starts spreading like crazy.

The same will apply to students, when they're hanging out on the streets they come in contact with new people every day making transmission much more likely.

This post got me thinking. Let's take for a given that weddings are indeed driving spread, even now. Why is that so? The fact that there is much we don't understand about how the world works and this virus in particular doesn't mean it doesn't follow some form of predictable logic, and we can try to understand it.

Obviously, if Covid is more prevalent in x frum community, say 5% of the population will have Covid, weddings in Lakewood have a certain amount of people from X community, say 1000, so 50 covid carriers are seeding Lakewood. (People who attend weddings are probably skewed, so prevalence will be even higher the 5%).

Additionally, if there is a relatively insular neighborhood or area in Lakewood where Covid is less prevalent than the rest of Lakewood, perhaps most day to day contacts in shuls, schools, and stores are more likely to be within the community where Covid is less prevalent, whereas weddings will expose the community to people from the communities where it is more prevalent.

However, to me it seems that currently Covid is more prevalent in Lakewood than the other frum communities where people are coming to weddings from (perhaps Miami & Israel are the exception?), and Covid appears to be prevalent enough in Lakewood that it's hard to believe any specific community has it dramatically less than others.

I think there are two possible explanations.

1. There is much more direct contact in weddings.  Spread can happen in the air and from people standing next to each other, but the vast majority of spread is probably by direct conversation exchanges or prolonged direct contact. By and large, the average person who goes to shul or a store doesn't speak directly to more than a handful of people at most, but at a wedding, you are likely interacting closely with at least 10 people, sometimes 50 or more.

2. Perhaps the circadian clock plays a role? Is is possible people simply shed more virus at night, or recipients are more susceptible to infection when exposed to this pathogen at night? 


Anybody able to help me understand?


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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2021, 11:39:24 PM »
3 people can be at weddings for hours.
4 Is it possible that of multiple people with coronavirus are there, the viral load in the air is greater, and therefore likely hood of becoming infected increases?
5 Shouting to be heard over the music

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2021, 11:43:12 PM »
6. Singing along with the music
7. Heavy breathing while dancing
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2021, 11:50:09 PM »
This post got me thinking. Let's take for a given that weddings are indeed driving spread, even now. Why is that so? The fact that there is much we don't understand about how the world works and this virus in particular doesn't mean it doesn't follow some form of predictable logic, and we can try to understand it.

Obviously, if Covid is more prevalent in x frum community, say 5% of the population will have Covid, weddings in Lakewood have a certain amount of people from X community, say 1000, so 50 covid carriers are seeding Lakewood. (People who attend weddings are probably skewed, so prevalence will be even higher the 5%).

Additionally, if there is a relatively insular neighborhood or area in Lakewood where Covid is less prevalent than the rest of Lakewood, perhaps most day to day contacts in shuls, schools, and stores are more likely to be within the community where Covid is less prevalent, whereas weddings will expose the community to people from the communities where it is more prevalent.

However, to me it seems that currently Covid is more prevalent in Lakewood than the other frum communities where people are coming to weddings from (perhaps Miami & Israel are the exception?), and Covid appears to be prevalent enough in Lakewood that it's hard to believe any specific community has it dramatically less than others.

I think there are two possible explanations.

1. There is much more direct contact in weddings.  Spread can happen in the air and from people standing next to each other, but the vast majority of spread is probably by direct conversation exchanges or prolonged direct contact. By and large, the average person who goes to shul or a store doesn't speak directly to more than a handful of people at most, but at a wedding, you are likely interacting closely with at least 10 people, sometimes 50 or more.

2. Perhaps the circadian clock plays a role? Is is possible people simply shed more virus at night, or recipients are more susceptible to infection when exposed to this pathogen at night? 


Anybody able to help me understand?
I think your first mistake is assuming "covid is prevelant in Lakewood" means it's prevelant in all neighborhoods but some more than others. This is not the case, while cases were high in Lakewood for quite a while I didn't hear of any cases in my neighborhood until a few weeks ago.

In order for covid to get into a neighborhood someone needs to bring it there. Everyone going to the same shul (no matter how many people), can never introduce the virus.
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2021, 11:58:20 PM »
4 Is it possible that of multiple people with coronavirus are there, the viral load in the air is greater, and therefore likely hood of becoming infected increases?
It's a theory, but then it would apply equally in a shul if it had an equal amount of people over an equal amount of time.

I think your first mistake is assuming "covid is prevelant in Lakewood" means it's prevelant in all neighborhoods but some more than others. This is not the case, while cases were high in Lakewood for quite a while I didn't hear of any cases in my neighborhood until a few weeks ago.

In order for covid to get into a neighborhood someone needs to bring it there. Everyone going to the same shul (no matter how many people), can never introduce the virus.

It's definitely very possible that 1 neighborhood is different than others, but when you say you didn't hear of a case in your neighborhood until a few weeks ago, that's when it seemed to be getting more prevalent across Lakewood.

I just think enough people are interacting daily with other neighborhoods that it would get seeded in every neighborhood. I could definitely be wrong, it won't be the first or the last time.

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 12:05:52 AM »
It's a theory, but then it would apply equally in a shul if it had an equal amount of people over an equal amount of time.

It's definitely very possible that 1 neighborhood is different than others, but when you say you didn't hear of a case in your neighborhood until a few weeks ago, that's when it seemed to be getting more prevalent across Lakewood.

I just think enough people are interacting daily with other neighborhoods that it would get seeded in every neighborhood. I could definitely be wrong, it won't be the first or the last time.
It was definitely going around significantly for a long time before it hit my neighborhood.

I think another point is that it gives a super spreader the opportunity to spread it to so many different neighborhoods at one time and from there it can continue spreading within those neighborhoods.
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2021, 12:10:18 AM »
In the OP you mentioned stores, I believe stores rarely lead to spread even if people don't wear masks, due to the short duration of any encounters.
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2021, 12:20:44 AM »
The factors mentioned above, combined with the fact that when shedding heavily in shul on a weekday morning someone might infect those sitting around them, vs. at a wedding when there are many more people and the person shedding moves around during the event to be close to more people for extended periods of time (5m+).

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2021, 12:35:59 AM »
The factors mentioned above, combined with the fact that when shedding heavily in shul on a weekday morning someone might infect those sitting around them, vs. at a wedding when there are many more people and the person shedding moves around during the event to be close to more people for extended periods of time (5m+).
Yeah, that's what I mean by more interactions. Seems very likely.
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2021, 02:08:37 AM »
2. Perhaps the circadian clock plays a role? Is is possible people simply shed more virus at night, or recipients are more susceptible to infection when exposed to this pathogen at night? 


Some quick googling showed me something I read a few months ago; the body is indeed better suited to repel infections at different times of the day

https://www.pnas.org/content/117/3/1543

I wonder if there has been any analysis of time of day of Covid transmission... a lot of governments have some pretty high resolution contract tracing
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2021, 03:51:25 PM »
the real "stats" show that no one in our community gives a flying hoot about any of this
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
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the real "stats" show that no one in Your community gives a flying hoot about any of this
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2021, 05:34:38 PM »
the real "stats" show that no one in our community gives a flying hoot about any of this

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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
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the real "stats" show that no one in our community gives a flying hoot about any of this
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
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Time did tell, time and time again.
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Re: Why are weddings driving spread?
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