These Forms Of Covid-19 Transmission May Be Rare, But Can’t Be Ignored

Last month, China was struck with its worst outbreak of Covid-19 in months—183 infections across Xinjiang, a city in the western province of Kashgar. While the majority of cases traced back to a garment factory, we now know the true source: contaminated freight trucks.

China is proving to be our canary in the coal mine when it comes to rare—yet consequential, as the Xinjiang outbreak shows—types of Covid-19 transmission. Two I’ve written about previously, cold supply chains and longer incubation periods. Contaminated freight makes a third. All three contradict guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All three are also largely undetectable in countries where disease surveillance is crippled by a constant influx of new cases.

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Originally posted on Forbes (December 3, 2020)

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