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University of Washington shows how visiting even one friend can be harmful

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Posted at 7:10 AM, Apr 16, 2020

After weeks of social distancing, you may be wondering if there's any harm investing just one friend or family member.

University of Washington researchers say just one visit could undo all the efforts.

Below is a demonstration of no social distancing with each green dot a household and the gray lines showing close contact among people.

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The next visual shows essential workers in blue. Most households are not exposed to the virus, compare that to just one visit.

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Next is one person going out on non-essential trips:

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This next one shows what happens when a couple maintains an in-person connection.

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University of Washington says these scenarios can lead to more people getting sick.