What do scientists have to say about the coronavirus?
Posted October 19, 2018 05:14:22 There’s a real danger that the coronivirus could spread further to other parts of Australia, with more people exposed than ever.
Key points:The coronaviruses are linked to the pandemic and are a threat to the health of the communityAs the virus spreads to other countries, it may become a serious problem for people living in these regionsThe coroniviruses have been linked to outbreaks in New Zealand and elsewhereIn the last year alone, there have been about 60 coronaviral deaths and about 40,000 cases of coronaviraemia across the world.
What do we know about the viruses?
The coronovirus is spread by close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
It is spread via contact with saliva, mucus, tears, droplets and aerosols.
The virus can also be spread through direct contact, such as coughing or sneezing.
A new study by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has identified three main factors that can lead to a rise in coronavirosts:The first is when the virus is in close contact.
This can be from a family member or friend, as well as a direct physical contact such as kissing or sharing food.
This is a major factor for the most severe cases.
“We know from other studies that close contact is the number one reason for coronavar-related hospitalisations, but we don’t really understand the mechanisms behind that,” UNSW Associate Professor David Stoker said.
“So it’s important that we understand these mechanisms to understand how coronaviremic people can be exposed to them.”
Dr Stoker is also working with UNSW’s Department of Epidemiology and Health Science, which is developing the first ever coronavivirus coronavore sequencing tool.
“Our research team is developing a novel tool that will allow us to identify people at risk of becoming infected,” he said.
The tool is currently being developed to identify individuals at risk, and will be used in future coronavicornavirus coronavalent transmission studies.
The study also found that the virus can be spread in the air through aerosols or through direct contacts.
“It can be a very subtle but significant increase in the risk that an individual could be exposed,” Dr Stoker explained.
“If you have a cough or sneeze and you cough or blow in your hand, that’s potentially a very minor increase in risk, but if you cough and blow in the other hand, then you’re potentially putting yourself at greater risk.”
This is not just an airborne virus, so if someone has respiratory symptoms, then they are more likely to have contact with an aerosol.
“Dr Stuart Burt of UNSW said the research team was also looking at other aspects of the coronoviruses transmission.”
The coronvirus is the most spread disease and is a very contagious virus, which means it can spread through the air and through contact with other people,” he explained.”[It] can spread more easily if it’s in close proximity to other people, so it’s not something you want to have happen to you.
“What we’re finding is that people who are close to someone who’s infected with the virus are more susceptible to developing it.”
When we find that there is more exposure, we can use it as a proxy for the transmission, and in some cases, to identify who is more at risk.
“The study was published in the journal PLOS One.