- A new study examined air samples taken from hospital wards where patients with COVID-19 were in
- They found that there was the presence of coronavirus in the air samples that they took at a distance of 13 feet from the patients
- This distance is twice the recommended 6-feet between persons in public
- Researchers could not yet define with certainty how infectious the virus is at the 13 feet distance
A recent study by Chinese researchers published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal of the CDC showed that at 13 feet from patients, they found traces of coronavirus in existence.
KAMI learned that the recent study is another angle to be looked upon in the unending debate among scientists as to how the new coronavirus is transmitted. They also gave caution that with small quantities of the virus at this distance, they are not "necessarily infectious."
As per Daily Mail, a team of medical researchers tested surface and air samples for the coronavirus. As per the study, which was conducted at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, they found that there was a heavy concentration of the virus on the floors of the ward at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan. They also included the ICU that housed COVID-19 patients.
Other surfaces where the virus was mostly found include doorknobs, computer mice, bed rails and trashcans. According to the team, half of the soles of the medical staff at the ICU were positive with the virus. They concluded that the soles of the staff at the hospital could serve as carriers.
For the air samples, GMA reported that the team focused on aerosol transmission. This happens when droplets become so fine that they ended up being suspended in the air. Aerosols with coronavirus were found mostly concentrated up to 13 feet downstream. It was also found upstream up to eight feet, although the quantities were lesser.
There is still an ongoing debate with regard to the aerosolization of SARS-CoV-2 virus. As per Inquirer, it is still unclear if, at an aerosol state, the virus remains infectious. The WHO reportedly downplayed the risk of aerosol transmission.
In a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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