Star Trek - Lost Souls [Cortex +]
Virus Research and Information
The virus is passed though contact, but it can linger in the air near the corpses of carriers or the infected for some time.
Standard safety measures to control the flu will help prevent the spread of the virus. Outside of a host it can be killed fairly easily with assorted cleaning agents. Once it’s in a host however it becomes impossible to stop with available means.
A Carrier is a person exposed to the Infection who appears asymptomatic due to a natural resistance to symptoms but lacks an immune response to degrade the disease. Without degradation, the person “carries” the disease in their body and can unintentionally transmit the disease to others. This renders carriers a threat to public safety.
An Immune is a person exposed to the Infection possesses a natural immunity which degrades the virus in the body.
A Susceptible is someone who is not immune to the virus and has not been exposed. If they become exposed the virus will run it’s natural course on them.
Methods of Infection
The virus can be spread through contact. It can live dormant for days on most surfaces. If someone touches a surface that is contaminated and then touches their eyes, nasal passages, mouth or open wounds the virus can be introduced into the body and spread.
The virus is briefly an airborne vector when someone who has died and carries the virus begins to decay. This airborne period lasts for a few days and allows the virus to enter the body through the nose and lungs.
Blood to Blood
Blood to blood contact can transmit the virus between carriers and the uninfected, or from those who have been infected and those who are uninfected.