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Chinese team says this fish may carry Covid-19 for a week

Sep 10, 2020 12:19 IST

Although the US CDC and FDA both continue to maintain their stance that food items are highly unlikely to spread Covid-19, a Chinese study now offers a different take. A research team from two Chinese universities claim that traces of SARS-Cov-2 may not only remain on salmon but may also be infectious for more than a week. Chinese authorities have been testing for virus presence in food since June 2020 when traces of the virus were detected on imported foods and their packaging. The study says that virus samples collected from salmon survived up to eight days at 39 degrees Fahrenheit, further noting that virus-contaminated fish from one country can be easily transported to another country within one week. According to the team's findings, this could be another source of international transmission.

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