from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state or condition of being contagious.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Quality of being contagious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being contagious.
A key missing piece is information about H1N1's contagiousness, which is measured in what's called a basic reproduction number - the average number of new infections produced by a single infected person, assuming no one is immune to the virus.
We like to use words like contagiousness and infectiousness just to apply to the medical realm.
But "the effect of contagiousness stops significantly after three degrees of separation," he says.
Is the “super” part of “super-flu” its contagiousness or its debilitating effects?
In the middle ages sufferers of leprosy in some parts of the world were made to wear bells and use separate currency due to the assumed contagiousness of the disease, and as recently as 1985 it was still considered a significant health issue in 122 countries.
Half-an-hour later they were launching the canoe and loading up, while the storekeeper made jocular remarks about poor, weak mortals and the contagiousness of "stampedin 'fever."
In various studies, they've traced the contagiousness of obesity, depression, loneliness and smoking to social networks.
But regardless of the severity or contagiousness of a new virus, it will never again have those "wonderful" conditions of 1918-19 in which to spread and kill.
Straight into the bin this morning seeing as they're "toxic", i.e., hand decorated by typhoid Ramekin yesterday, probably in the prime of his contagiousness.
“In descending order of likelihood of extinction of the species: collision with meteors above a certain combined mass and velocity; eruption of volcanoes that produce above a certain amount of certain kinds of ejecta; plagues above a certain mortality rate and contagiousness; war employing weapons above a certain level and permanence of destructive power; stellar events that decrease the viability of life—”
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