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BTS COVID Positive: Three Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

BTS COVID Positive: Three Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

Three members of the K-Pop band BTS have tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports, the BTS COVID positive members came from a trip to the US, where they most likely got the virus from.

BTS COVID Positive Members: Who Are They?

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Image screencapped from TMZ_TV Instagram.

According to a statement from the band’s management agency, the members who got sick were RM, Jin, and Suga. Among the three, Suga was first diagnosed last Friday, December 24. On Saturday evening, the two other members also tested positive for the virus1. Thankfully, all of the members who got sick have been given their two doses of the vaccine.

The agency added that RM isn’t showing any symptoms; same with Suga. However, RM has exhibited mild symptoms. All three are undergoing self-treatment at home, and are isolated based on the quarantine guidelines of the government.

Both RM and Jin initially had negative tests when they got home from the US. But before their quarantine period was over, the tests they took showed positive results. On the other hand, Suga tested positive shortly after coming back from the US.

All of them are expected to recover in due time.

How do people get infected?

The main way that people can get infected with COVID-19 is through close personal contact. What this means is that if you’re face to face with someone who has COVID-19, there might be a chance that you can get infected.

What happens is whenever a sick person talks, coughs, or sneezes, they send out tiny droplets that contain the virus. These droplets then get inhaled or ingested, which can cause an infection. This is the reason why wearing masks as well as avoiding being in close proximity with other people is very important.

It’s also possible for the droplets to linger in the air if the area is not well-ventilated and is indoors. Since the droplets can linger, people can get infected even if they aren’t face to face with one another2.

There is also an occurrence known as “community spread3.” This is when a large number of people get infected within a certain area, but they are not exactly sure as to how they got infected3. A community spread can happen in places where people are not wearing masks, or are in close contact with one another.

Tracing the origin of infection in a community spread is extremely difficult since a lot of people are infected all at once. This makes it hard to see a clear line of infection from one person to another.

How can you protect yourself?

Here are some ways that you can protect yourself from COVID-194:

  1. Get the vaccine. The vaccine is our best line of defense against the virus. The vaccine has been proven to be effective, even against the Omicron variant. It can significantly lower the risk of hospitalization and severe symptoms, which can eventually lead to death.
  2. As much as possible, avoid going out. Staying at home significantly reduces your chances of being infected. So if you don’t need to go out, try to stay at home as much as you can.
  3. If you do go out, practice some safety measures. Sometimes, we really need to go out, such as when buying groceries or if you need to go to the office. In these situations, it’s important to maintain at least 1 meter of distance from others, and always wear your face mask. These measures can help reduce the risk that you can get infected.
  4. Once you get home, be sure to wash your hands as soon as possible.
  5. Avoid traveling if it’s not necessary, and avoid visiting people who might be sick.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources
  1. Three members of K-pop band BTS test positive for Covid | BTS | The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/26/three-members-of-k-pop-band-bts-test-positive-for-covid, Accessed December 27, 2021
  2. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How is it transmitted?, https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-how-is-it-transmitted, Accessed December 27, 2021
  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19) frequently asked questions | CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html, Accessed December 27, 2021
  4. 5 Ways to Prevent COVID-19 Infection—An Illustrated Guide > News > Yale Medicine, https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/5-ways-to-prevent-covid-19, Accessed December 27, 2021
  5. Preventing the spread of the coronavirus – Harvard Health, https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/preventing-the-spread-of-the-coronavirus, Accessed December 27, 2021
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Written by Jan Alwyn Batara Updated Jan 13
Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza