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How Long Does SARS-CoV-2 Last on Surfaces? What We Know COVID-19

 It’s on everybody’s mind, to some extent, right now. If a surface is contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2virus, how long does it pose a risk of infection? The virus is thought to mainly spread through respiratory droplets. These are produced in a cloud when a person coughs or sneezes, or even talks. Some potentially-virus-laden droplets might end up getting breathed in by other people in the vicinity. But many of them end up landing on objects like door handles or water faucets.  When that happens, infectious disease experts refer to that door handle as a fomite. And if a person then touches the fomite while the virus is still infectious, they can then spread it to new surfaces, or actually infect themselves. Fomites aren’t just for viruses -- any type of pathogen can create fomites -- but we’re talking about viruses… obvious reasons. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus particles don't last forever -- or even all that long. Eventually, the protein coat that allows the virus to actu

Senate closes in on trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus bill

Senate Democrats on Sunday hindered a coronavirus upgrade bundle from pushing ahead as chats on a few key arrangements remain slowed down. Representatives casted a ballot 47-47 on propelling a "shell" charge, a placeholder that the content of the upgrade enactment would have been swapped into, missing the mark regarding the three-fifths edge expected to propel the proposition. Any expectations of a speedy upgrade bargain immediately unwound on Sunday as the four congressional pioneers and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin neglected to break the stalemate. Senate Dominant part Pioneer Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) likewise deferred the procedural decision in favor of three hours as they attempted to get it. Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said there was a concession to the "general forms" of the bundle yet that they were all the while dealing with "connecting a portion of the arrangement" and numbers. "That is to say, there are

Coronavirus, how China stopped it with technology and what Italy and our world can learn

In the Chinese response to the coronavirus, essential support has been given by technology: the tech sector has provided useful tools to contain the crisis. Would these methods also apply in Italy and, above all, now that the emergency is returning, will China give up these control instruments? In the dystopian situation generated by the spread of the coronavirus, China quickly became aware of the essential role that technologies could play to counter the health crisis and normalize the economy. The ongoing pandemic has therefore been a formidable testing ground in China for numerous new technologies in the medical, security and surveillance fields, tools which will be treasured in facing any future health emergency. The extraordinary situation has also allowed the government to establish close relationships with the most promising companies in the tech sector, united in the common goal of perfecting the Chinese surveillance system in the name of health protection (for now).

Corona virus, the latest news or updates from Italy and the world

All updates on the spread of Covid-19 on Saturday 21 March by Valentina Santarpia, Chiara Severgnini The numbers of the contagion in Italy are still rising: in all, since the beginning of the epidemic 53.578 people have contracted the Sars-CoV-2 virus and the victims are 4,825, 793 more than the day before ( here is the latest report released today , Saturday 21 March, by the Civil Protection ). And Prime Minister Conte has decided to further tighten the limitations . Meanwhile, the government is considering banning outdoor sports and reducing shop opening hours . On the international front, for the first time since the epidemic, China has not experienced any "domestic" infection and quarantine is loosened in Wuhan ( here is the map with the global trend ). The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide has exceeded 275,000, with nearly 11,400 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. 6.38 am - Rwanda prohibits leaving home and closes borders

Coronavirus, diplomats and consuls close to communities of foreign citizens

The Diplomatic Encounter Center and the National Federation of Diplomats and Foreign Consuls in Italy (Fe.N.Co.), in these moments of great apprehension caused by the contagion of the Corona Virus epidemic, are close to the communities of foreign citizens residing in the territories of the "red zones" in the discomfort deriving from the heavy health emergency situation. Associations are close to families and share the concerns of relatives and friends. The Italian institutions are doing their best to contain the contagion and discomfort deriving from it. The Diplomatic Encounter Center and the Fe.N.Co., as reported in the note issued by Emanuele Bettini, president of the C.I.D. - Delegate Fe.N.Co. for the Lombardy provinces and the metropolitan area (in the photo), they are available for any possible form of collaboration with the institutions.