First Wuhan Coronavirus Patient Identified in Washington State
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Posted by: Thomas Licker
This outbreak is starting to make its way through Asia and now the first case has been reported in North America. Stay safe and keep your hands washed. Have you ever wondered why people are wearing masks/respirators on airplanes? They are attempting to protect their fellow passengers because they could be infected but not yet showing symptoms. Some may think it protects them from others as well as it can help prevent them from directly itching their nose or touching their mouth, mitigating the risk of cross-contamination. Enveloped viruses are generally on the easy to kill scale by common disinfectants. K-Listed disinfectants by the EPA maybe the preferred products to address this virus.
From Wikipedia -
Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and with a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genomic size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 26 to 32 kilobases, the largest for an RNA virus.
The name "coronavirus" is derived from the Latin corona, meaning crown or halo, and refers to the characteristic appearance of virions (the infective form of the virus) under electron microscopy (E.M.) with a fringe of large, bulbous surface projections creating an image reminiscent of a royal crown or of the solar corona. This morphology is created by the viral spike (S) peplomers, which are proteins that populate the surface of the virus and determine host tropism.
CDC Information on Corona Virus can be found here.