Ministry of health: coronavirus could overcome the species barrier to humans from another animal, not a bat

Минздрав: коронавирус мог преодолеть видовой барьер для человека от другого животного, а не летучей мыши

According to Ministry of health, these intermediate animal hosts can be domestic, wild or domesticated wild animals, which are not yet identified.

The most likely natural reservoirs for the virus COVID-19 are bats, however he could overcome the species barrier to humans from another animal intermediate host.

“According to the who the virus COVID-19, which causes the disease, called SARS-CoV-2. The most likely natural reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2 are bats, but it is believed that the virus has crossed the species barrier to humans from another animal intermediate host. These intermediate animal hosts can be domestic, wild or domesticated wild animals, which are still not identified,” – said in the message.

It is noted that, in General, coronaviruses are very stable in the frozen state. According to the studies of other coronaviruses, they showed survival up to two years at -20 ° C. the Research conducted on SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, show that these viruses can persist on various surfaces for several days depending on the combination of parameters such as temperature, humidity and light.

For example, as explained in the Ministry, when the cooling temperature (4°C) MERS-CoV may remain viable up to 72 hours.

“Modern data about other strains of coronaviruses show that although coronaviruses probably stable at low and freezing temperatures for a certain period, the food hygiene and proper methods of food safety can prevent transmission through food. In particular, coronaviruses are thermolabile, meaning that they are sensitive to normal cooking temperatures (70°C). Therefore, as a rule, you should avoid consumption of raw or undercooked foods of animal origin. Raw meat, raw milk or raw organs of animals should be careful to avoid cross contamination of raw food. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV subject to the most used protocols of cleaning and disinfection, and while there is no indication that SARS-Cov-2 behaves differently,” – said the Ministry of health.

World health organization 30 January declared a state of emergency of international importance in connection with the spread of coronavirus from China.

Share