Saturday, April 25, 2020

Scientists in Italy find coronavirus on air pollution particles

In preliminary study, researchers detect distinct virus genes on airborne pollutants, suggesting disease could travel farther by air than previously assumed.

A worker sprays disinfectant to sanitize Duomo square in downtown Milan, Italy, March 31, 2020. (AP/Luca Bruno)

In a preliminary study, scientists in Italy detected the coronavirus on particles of air pollution.

It is still unclear whether the virus is viable or able to cause infections when carried by pollution, according to The Guardian, which first publicized the findings on Friday.

The study has not yet been peer-reviewed, but previous studies and experts suggest the premise could be valid, and should be researched further.

If true, the virus could travel farther by air than previously assumed. It could also explain the high rate of infection in heavily polluted northern Italy.  Read more >>