Coronavirus traces found on Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after passengers left

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Traces of the novel coronavirus were found in the cabins on the Diamond Princess cruise ship up to 17 days after passengers left, a study published by the CDC Monday found. Why it matters: Axios health care editor Sam Baker notes: “The virus lives a long time on hard surfaces, and that’s another reason to be wary about quickly reopening businesses like bars, restaurants and gyms while the virus is still spreading quickly.” Per the CDC, “Although these data cannot be used to determine whether transmission occurred from contaminated surfaces, further study of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 aboard cruise ships is warranted.” COVID-19 on cruise ships poses a risk for rapid spread of disease, causing outbreaks in a vulnerable population, and aggressive efforts are required to contain spread.” CDC statement in study How it works: The study examined coronavirus outbreaks aboard the Carnival-owned cruise ships the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined off Yokohama , Japan, last month, and the Grand Princess, which was stranded off the San Francisco coast for several days.

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