Coronavirus thrives in cold, damp conditions like shipping containers

Asia, China, Coronavirus, Health, Reinfection

Coronavirus can maintain a longer vitality in dark and cold environments, especially in wet and cold shipping containers that have just landed, which will increase the risk of infection via unprotected contact, Zhang Wenhong, Shanghai-based infectious disease expert and leader of Shanghai COVID-19 control group said Thursday on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

Therefore, apart from the cold-chain logistics, Kashi in Xinjiang, Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia and Shanghai, three Chinese cities that reported confirmed COVID-19 cases recently, need to step up disinfection and sterilization on non-cold-chain logistics in the winter, Zhang said.

As the virus can be inactivated quickly in a warehouse with strong light and a dry environment, handling the products under these lighting conditions and in a space with good ventilation before transferring is also recommended to lower the risk of infection



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** This post was originally published on November 28, 2020 **