BEIJING – A company in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing has built a tunnel to spray employees at an industrial complex with disinfectant before they begin work, according to a local media report, as the country battles a coronavirus outbreak. The tunnel is equipped with infrared detectors that activate a spray from misters when a person enters, the report by China News Service said.
Businesses in China are slowly returning to work this week after the coronavirus outbreak forced an extension of the Lunar New Year break, transportation curbs and other measures aimed at containing the virus. The measures have hobbled the restart of industry following the annual holiday. The coronavirus has killed more than 1,100 people in China, with confirmed infections of nearly 45,000. –Reuters
Such draconian preventative measures are likely to find little success in the U.S., where most Americans, who are leery of taking flu shots and vaccines, would be even less likely to walk through showers of chemicals without knowing what’s in them.
COVID-19 is a very sinister bug: If you need any more reason to make it a habit to wash your hands after touching public surfaces, then you will probably want to take note of this report from Forbes magazine. In a worrying development, it is suggested that the Corvid-19 coronavirus may actually be more resistant and difficult to kill as compared to other viruses. This was discovered after Professor Günter Kampf of Greifswald University Hospital’s Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine ran a study into the Covid-19 novel coronavirus and found out that with comparisons of 22 historical studies of other coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it is revealed that these family of viruses can survive for up to 9 days on inanimate surfaces. This includes particularly steel and plastic surfaces such as elevator buttons, bed frames, and especially grab handles on public transport, among others. Remember, Covid-19 is known to be a droplet-based infection that can be spread by human-to-human contact or contact with contaminated surfaces. – World of Buzz