An ex-boyfriend of a Calgary Flames player is the most vulnerable to infection when he’s not wearing an anti-bacterial mask, a new study suggests.
“The most vulnerable is the one who doesn’t wear a mask, and that’s probably the most important thing to realize,” said Dr. Richard Haggerty, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary.
Haggerty’s study is the first to show how the immune system works to protect people from infection after exposure to a person who’s been exposed to the person’s bodily fluids.
The study was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
The study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2008 to 2010.
The data is used to track the exposure of people to their own bodily fluids, including sweat, saliva and semen.
Researchers asked people who had never been exposed, such as people with a job, to complete a questionnaire on their health status and how they were exposed to their body fluids.
Haganty and his colleagues analyzed the answers to questions about the person, including how often they bathed, how often the person ate, how much they drank, how many times they played sports and how often their family members did the same activities.
“People who were exposed more often, who had a higher percentage of exposure to their bodily fluids and who were more likely to be exposed to more bodily fluids than the people who were less exposed, they had a greater risk of infection,” Haganty said.
“We know that the more exposed you are to bodily fluids like sweat, semen, and vaginal secretions, the more likely you are for infection.”
The study also found that people who regularly bathed and ate clean were at a higher risk of contracting STIs.
The team also found people who did not regularly bathe had a lower rate of infection with syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea than those who bathed regularly.
The research suggests that people should always wash their hands after using the bathroom, wearing clean clothing and not bathing.
Haggie said the new research is the latest in a long line of studies showing that people are more likely than others to contract infection when they’re exposed to a specific bodily fluid.
“These findings indicate that people with higher exposure to bodily fluid, including mucous, may have an increased risk of transmitting infections,” he said.
The findings are based on a survey of 1,000 Canadians who answered questions about their health, the amount of bodily fluids they bathe, how they bathing, whether they drank sports drinks, ate clean food and whether they did the activities listed.