Frozen meals bundle polluted by residing coronavirus might trigger an infection, China’s CDC says

Nevertheless, the CDC’s newest assertion doesn’t present stable proof that the 2 staff in Qingdao caught the virus from the packaging straight, relatively than contracting the virus from some place else after which contaminating the meals packaging they dealt with, mentioned Jin Dong-Yan, a virology professor on the College of Hong Kong.

The CDC mentioned no occasion had been discovered of any client contracting the virus by having contact with frozen meals and the danger of this occurring remained very low.

Nonetheless it suggested that staff who deal with, course of and promote frozen merchandise ought to keep away from direct pores and skin contact with merchandise that might presumably be polluted.

Employees mustn’t contact their mouth or nostril earlier than taking off work clothes that might presumably be contaminated with out washing their fingers and may take checks often, the company mentioned.

Previous to the CDC’s newest findings genetic traces of the virus had been present in some samples taken from frozen meals or meals packaging, however the quantity of virus was low and no residing virus was remoted, the company mentioned.

Solely residing virus can infect folks, whereas samples containing lifeless virus might additionally check constructive for virus traces, Jin mentioned.