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Coronavirus can survive on frozen meat, fish for 3 weeks

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 31, 2020
The coronavirus is able to survive for up to three weeks on frozen meat and fish, according to a new study that was posted on BioRxiv.
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Coronavirus can survive   Frozen meat
The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, pinpointed the presence of the virus—not just the genetic material—on meat that was previously refrigerated and frozen for roughly twenty-one days and later thawed.

In concluding the surprising findings, the researchers inoculated 500 individual cubes of salmon, chicken, and pork from supermarkets in Singapore with a large dose of SARS-CoV-2 viral particles.

The different meats were then stored in temperatures that simulated those in which food is transported between countries—39.2 degrees Fahrenheit for standard refrigeration and minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit for freezing.

The researchers discovered that even after three weeks had passed, the virus was still present on the samples.


 

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