In addition to wearing a mask, it is also important to wash your hands frequently and disinfect common objects and surfaces, as the virus can survive on a variety of surfaces for at least three days. And according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traces of the new coronavirus have been found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been evacuated for 17 days.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated the Diamond Princess and The Grand Princess. Seventeen days after the evacuation of all passengers and crew on both cruise ships, CDC researchers found a virus on the surface of various objects in the passenger cabin with symptoms and asymptomatic infections before the cabin was ready to be disinfected. But the researchers added that the findings are not certain that the virus is transmitted through surface contact.
“The new coronavirus can still be found throughout the cabin 17 days after all the people with symptoms and asymptomatic infections on board were evacuated,” the investigators wrote in the study. On cruise ships, the virus, which can spread rapidly, poses a risk to those on board, can lead to outbreaks in vulnerable populations, requiring positive measures to curb transmission. “
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton Have previously found that the new coronavirus can survive on plastic and stainless steel for up to three days. The study also found that the number of viruses left on these surfaces decreases over time.
The new study is also looking for ways the virus can spread between several cruise ships and multiple voyages. As of March 17, at least 25 cruise ships had been found to have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus by passengers during or after the cruise, the researchers said.
Earlier, the “Diamond Princess” found the first confirmed infection, more than 3,700 passengers were quarantined on February 4 in Yokohama port, Japan, the number of cruise ship has been confirmed to continue to climb, a total of 712 people on board, accounting for 19.2%. Another “Supreme Princess” investigated in the study, two passengers who had been disembarking in California tested positive for the virus, and about 78 people on board were in close contact with the two, and 21 people have been confirmed infected.