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After two years of watching and waiting, I have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. I realize that this is nothing special. Millions of others have caught the virus, and some have had a far more devastating time with it than I.  Like many others, I have no idea where the infection came from. I didn’t spend time with anyone known to be infected, I wore the required PPE at work, and I’ve been following good safety and infection practices everywhere else. The same is also true for most of those who get healthcare or laboratory-associated infections—80% of reported lab infections are from unknown sources! Since infections occur anyway even if we take precautions, does that mean utilizing safe work practices is a waste of time?

Absolutely not!

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