The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was quick to dismiss rumors that CINS is a waterborne disease, but has not been able to advise the public precisely how it spreads, or provide a timetable for discovery of a vaccine.
The virus is clearly spread via bodily fluids, demonstrated by the spread of the disease amongst health care workers and more grimly, by bites, cuts or scratches from infected persons. The bigger question is whether CINS is also vector-borne (spread by insects) or airborne as well.
The confusion shows in the images and reports of people wearing face masks, goggles, oxygen masks or no barrier precautions at all. Some have even turned to WWI gas masks, hazmat suits and professional respiratory devices called powered air purifying respirators, or PAPRs.
The search for a cure is secondary now for average citizens as they flee and hide until the virus is starved of victims by quarantine measures. All major worldwide laboratories have been sealed from the public and protected by troops as testing goes on, but experts warn that it takes “months or years” to develop treatments or vaccines for a new disease.