COVID-19 traces found in cruise ship 17 days after passengers disembarked

American evacuees from cruise ship

American evacuees from cruise ship

The authors 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".

The findings showed that the virus survived on surfaces for far longer than was originally believed. Subsequent studies pegged the survival time for coronavirus on cardboard surfaces at up to 24 hours, and on stainless steel surfaces for days.

In the analysis, which utilized data from both US and Japanese health organizations, the CDC reported that the virus' ribonucleic acid (RNA) had survived for 17 days in rooms previously inhabited by symptomatic and asymptomatic passengers aboard the Diamond Princess. "We couldn't say for sure unless someone did viral culture".

Results from a peer-reviewed study in the New England Journal of Medicine published March 17.

That's why it's so important to wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and disinfect objects that people touch regularly.

RNA or ribonucleic acid is one of the three major biological macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life, including viruses like COVID-19.

As of 17 March, there were at least 25 cruise ship voyages which had confirmed Covid-19 cases that were detected either during the cruise or after it had ended, according to the CDC.

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Passengers wearing face masks have their body temperatures taken after leaving the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan on February 21, 2020.

The research looked at the efforts by health authorities in Japan and the U.S.to contain the spread of the coronavirus onboard the Carnival-owned Diamond Princess, which was quarantined for almost four weeks near Yokohama, and the Grand Princess, which docked at Oakland, California.

Of the 256 Canadians aboard the Diamond Princess, more than 40 tested positive for the virus and were taken to hospital in Japan.

Some experts criticized the quarantine and said it allowed the virus to spread.

Two cruise ships were ordered to leave Australian waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection for the country's coronavirus outbreak.

The agency issued an unprecedented travel advisory warning Americans not to go on any cruises worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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