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Is Corona virus transmitted by cargo from China?

by Matt M. Celik on February 28, 2020


The new type of SARS-like corona virus (2019-nVoC), which originates in China and has not yet been identified, threatens the world. The rapid spread and fatality of the new corona virus raises many questions about the virus. One of the frequently asked questions is whether the virus will be transported through cargo sent from China.


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Today, when trade is globalized, many people order online and receive their product by cargo. China is one of the countries ordered from many sites. This situation said, "Can the new type of corona virus be transported by cargo, or will it be infected by packages from China?" brought his questions to mind.

Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology of Colorado University Medical Faculty. Dr. James Eraks to this question; “Coronaviruses, like other viruses, can continue their activities only in living cells of humans or animals. Viruses lose their activity in a very short time in dry environments. Therefore, it is not possible for viruses to survive on the surface of non-humid inanimate objects ”.

HOW SHOULD THE PROCESS BE APPLIED TO THE NEW CORONA VIRUS CONTAMINATED ITEMS AND SURFACES?

Dr. James Eraks said that a person suspected of having a new corona virus infection should be wiped with standard bleach (1: 100 diluted), where all the surfaces that can be transmitted through respiratory secretions or body benefits should be wiped, "1:10 diluted bleach should be used when there is significant contamination."

IF THE PERSON PREPARING THE CARGO HAS A NEW CORONA VIRUS…

"Does it mean that the person who prepared the cargo is infected also means that the package contains germs?" Professor, Eraks's response is as follows:

“Some bacteria can withstand dryness for a long time and survive. Viruses lose their activities very quickly in dry extracellular environments. If a virus infects a lifeless item with the interests of an infected person, even a few hours to pass will be enough for it to lose its activity. So that virus can no longer switch to another person. ”

THE NEW CORONA VIRUS COMES WITH RESPIRATORY EXHIBITIONS

The new corona virus is thought to be transmitted by respiratory secretions like other corona viruses. Cough, sneezing, laughing, and virus-containing droplets that spread to the environment during speech cause contact of sick people by getting sick.

Professor Dr. Erak said that in order for the disease to be transmitted from person to person, close contact of 2 meters is necessary, “Findings to date show that the new coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person. However, the extent of contamination is still unknown. The most important factor that determines how the epidemic will progress is how easily the virus can be transmitted from person to person and how successfully to take the necessary measures. In the light of today's information, the new coronavirus's meat, milk, eggs, etc. It can be said that the products are not contaminated by eating ”.
HATCHERY TIME 2-14 DAYS

Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist, who stated that the disease manifested by high fever (39 ° C), cough and shortness of breath, which started suddenly after an incubation period of 2-14 days, said, “Some patients may also have sore throat and runny nose. Almost all of the seriously ill and deceased are elderly or people with underlying disease (lung diseases, organ failure, cancer, diabetes, immunosuppressive diseases). The disease is relatively mild in young healthy adults. ”

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PROTECT THE NEW CORONA VIRUS?

"There is no need to take any special precautions in the society because there is no disease spread in our country for today". Eraks, stating that there is no vaccine that will affect the new corona virus and provide protection from the disease, continued as follows:

“For now, the most effective way to be protected is to avoid contact with the virus (sick people). However, it is very important to pay attention to hand cleaning and not to take the unclean hands to the eyes, mouth and nose in order to protect not only from the new coronavirus but also all other respiratory viruses in the winter months when a large number of viruses (flu, flu viruses, etc.) circulating among people are circulating among people. "

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