CDC: Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Inhabited Coronavirus For More Than 16 Days.
A new study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the coronavirus lived for up to 17 days on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, significantly longer than previous studies have suggested according to fox news.
The CDC report, published on March 23, states that in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals, long after they had been drained, the virus has been found on several surfaces.
“A high proportion of asymptomatic infections could partially explain the high attack rate among cruise ship passengers and crew,” the researchers wrote. “SARS-CoV-2 RNA was
identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted.”
Two cruise ships were included in the study, the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess. Both ships accounted for “more than 800 total COVID-19 cases, including 10 deaths,” the researchers noted. At the time, the two ships accounted for “approximately 17 [percent] of total reported U.S. cases.”
By March 17, there were confirmed COVID-19 cases “associated with at least 25 additional cruise ship voyages,” the researchers stated.
The experts added that the data could not “be used to assess if transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces,” but “further analysis of SARS-CoV-2 fomite transmission is required aboard cruise ships.”
The study’s implications are far-reaching, the experts clarified, noting that “COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships pose a risk of disease spreading rapidly beyond the trip,” adding that”[ a]gressive effort is required to contain spread.”
Earlier this month, researchers found that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 can remain in the air for up to three hours, and live on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days.
The study, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, also notes that the virus can remain on copper surfaces for four hours and cardboard for up to 24 hours.
CDC: Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Inhabited Coronavirus For More Than 16 Days
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