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Asymptomatic People Can Still Spread Coronavirus Germs on Surfaces

Asymptomatic People Can Still Spread Coronavirus Germs on Surfaces
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By    |   Friday, 26 June 2020 12:16 PM

A recent blockbuster study reveals how insidious the coronavirus can be and how it’s critically important to observe handwashing and disinfecting procedures.

A Chinese study revealed that COVID-19 patients. who did not have any symptoms of the disease nor did they develop any, left traces of the virus on surfaces such as pillows, bedrails, bedsheets and other objects while in quarantine.

According to Newsweek, the patients were in isolation along with other symptomatic patients who were all infected by SARs-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists swabbed their rooms, examining every surface possible including taking air samples. Of the 122 samples they gathered, the team found 44 were contaminated with the virus, including surfaces in the room where one asymptomatic patient stayed.

The researchers published their findings in the journal mSphere, in which they wrote of their surprise in discovering that “asymptomatic COVID-19 patients contaminated their surroundings and therefore imposed risks for other people.”

Earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had said that transmission of the virus from contaminated surfaces is unlikely. But in late May, the agency revised its recommendations, according to CBS News.

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the CDC website says now.

Charles Bangham, professor of Immunology at the Imperial College of London, told Newsweek that the study highlights the need to minimize contact with other people, wear proper face coverings in public and to “wash hands thoroughly after known or potential contact with a contaminated object.”

Professor Daniel Atlmann, a professor of the Department of Medicine at the same college, added:

“This study reminds us that asymptomatics can carry and spread the disease just as well as symptomatics — quite a serious point to keep in mind.”

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