Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography advise people to steer clear of beaches. Kim Prather, a leading atmospheric chemist, says ” I will not go to the beach even if I’m offered $1 million right now”. The beach according to the researchers, is a den of SARS-CoV-2. It is the virus that causes COVID-19. The novel coronavirus is still infecting Californians silently.
Many people think they’ll suffer skin rashes or stomach pain or ear infections while visiting the sea. Yes, these are true, but there is a much darker side to this.
Why you should not go to the beach?
The novel coronavirus spreads through droplets. These droplets if spilled in the water body has the potential to infect an entire country. Infected individuals should be taken proper care of. They should not spit in the open. Because this becomes a reason for mass infection, as poorly treated sewage water enters the ocean. Prather believes that the COVID-19 virus can enter coastal waters in such ways and then it can spread into the air.
UC San Diego virus and ocean expert Kim Prather pleads with surfers to stay out of the water to help minimize the spread of coronavirus. https://t.co/179FUqk7Yz @sdut @ucsandiego @latimes @mytimes @laurenfimbres @UC_Newsroom @surfline @kprather88 pic.twitter.com/zrUcWmHWjH
— grobbins (@grobbins) March 31, 2020
According to researchers, the ocean gathers several pathogenic particulates and throws it to us in forms of waves. These waves spray such particles in the air. On the beach, the normal 6-feet social distancing does not work. Because the coastal winds are pretty strong and send such particles soaring. She says, ” It is not going to kill you if you miss a few swimming or surfing sessions”.
The Coronavirus is a real silent killer right now. Because you can’t see or smell the virus. While the virus is detected in sewage waters, scientists are still investigating whether it stays potent in fecal matter.
Strict actions are taken to stop people from entering beaches in California. Patrol cars with loudspeakers burst social distancing rules to the public along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. In Manhattan, beach fines are imposed to keep off surfers.
How spring break in the beaches spread Coronavirus?
A cluster of students from the University of Wisconsin, Madison visited the spring break in Nashville and Gulf Shore, Alabama. Over the spring break, a group of students has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This spring break trip was organized by the seniors of the University. The infections so far, have been mild. The University is currently following all protocols to keep their campus safe.
If you traveled for spring break, whether or not you have symptoms, it is *imperative* that you observe a 14-day self-quarantine. https://t.co/8dI4sNp6Lg
— UW–MaskUp (@UWMadison) March 28, 2020
As of Friday afternoon, there are currently 1,041,126 COVID-19 cases worldwide. While 245,658 of them, are in the United States of America alone. This report is according to John Hopkins University and Medicine.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.