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Does the size of a viral dose make a difference? That is, if you’re exposed to lots of viral particles, will you get sicker?
While there is a lot we don’t know about SARS-CoV-2, experts believe they can answer this question with confidence: Yes – the amount of virus a person is exposed to makes a difference in whether they get sick and how sick they get.
“Dose is important in everything we are doing in life,” says Peter Palese, a leading virologist who is professor and chair of microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. “The same is also true for coronaviruses. It makes a lot of sense because if you have a