2020-02-20 00:20:27 중국 당국 “코로나19 에어로졸 통한 전파 가능성” 첫 인정
Making a big U-turn on its previous announcement that there was no evidence to suggest aerosol transmission was possible, Chinese health authorities admitted for the first time on Wednesday that COVID-19 can spread through the air.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
Chinese health authorities have admitted that aerosol infection could be one possible transmission route of the new coronavirus.
China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission unveiled new guidelines for diagnosing and treating patients on Wednesday,… adding the virus can spread through air.
It went on to say that the virus can be passed on through aerosol transmission if a person is exposed to high concentrations of droplets in the air in a relatively closed environment for a long time.
China’s leading respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan, who rose to fame after combating the 2003 SARS epidemic, also said the virus can be spread through communal sewage systems.
“Overseas experts and I agree that people do not get infected by eating food with the virus, but by breathing in aerosol from contaminated feces which still has virus in dry condition. So hospitals should also pay attention to this problem.”
He said a smooth sewage flow in drainage systems is critical to reducing the number of infections.
Last week, around one-hundred residents were evacuated from an apartment block in Hong Kong over fears the coronavirus may have been transmitted via the building’s piping system.
This came after two residents living on different floors but on the same vertical block of the apartment became infected with COVID-19.
This immediately drew comparisons to the 2003 SARS outbreak when there were over 300 infections and 42 deaths at an apartment complex in Hong Kong as defective plumbing allowed SARS to spread through the building.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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