COVID-19 Latest: Study Shows Environmental Conditions Affect Stability Of SARS-Cov-2 Coronavirus
: A recent research by Marshall University-West Virginia found that environmental conditions affect the stability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human nasal mucus and sputum.
The findings of the research was published in the journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases, the journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/9/20-2267_article
The research was led by by Dr M. Jeremiah Matson Matson, who is a student in the combined Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Research program at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
In the study, it was found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, was found to be less stable at higher humidity and warmer temperatures.
For the study, SARS-CoV-2 was mixed with human nasal mucus and sputum specimens, which were then exposed to three different sets of temperature and humidity for up to seven days. Samples were collected throughout the study and analyzed for the presence of infectious virus as well as viral RNA alone, which is not infectious. Viral RNA was consistently detectable throughout the seven-day study, while infectious virus was detectable for up to approximately 12-48 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.
Dr Matson told Thailand Medical News, "The COVID-19 pandemic has been a sobering reminder that infectious diseases continue to be a major public health threat and require sustained research commitment. While this is a small study that only addresses the potential for fomite )an object that may be contaminated with infectious agents) transmission, which is thought to be less important than droplet transmission for SARS-CoV-2, it nevertheless is informative for public health risk assessment."
The study also showed that the novel coronavirus strived well in coller temperatures is between 21 to 4 degrees celcius.
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