Regardless of how much we all like to believe that the ongoing pandemic is over or almost over, we may be far from the truth. But even if it’s approaching its end, the SARS-CoV-2 virus might still find a way to the households of many of us: through our own refrigerator.
How can such a thing be possible? Pretty simple if we believe what a new study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology has to say: the coronavirus is able to survive in meat products that are being kept in refrigerators or freezes.
Different types of meat were assessed for the study
The scientists involved in the new study examined different types of meat, such as pork, salmon, chicken, and beef. They observed their evolution while exposing them to some viruses and keeping them in refrigerators at low temperatures.
Emily Bailey, the first author of the study and a scientist from Campbell University, explained as US News quotes:
Although you might not store meat in the fridge for 30 days, you might store it in the freezer for that long,
We even found that the viruses could be cultured after [being frozen for] that length of time.
Here’s another important statement of the authors, as the same source quotes:
Continued efforts are needed to prevent contamination of foods and food processing surfaces, worker hands, and food processing utensils such as knives.
Worldometers.info reveals that yesterday, July 12, 1,600 deaths caused by COVID were reported worldwide. Almost a million new infections were reported on the same day. The US remains the most affected country by the coronavirus if we look at the all-time stats: more than 90.6 million infections and a death toll that surpasses one million souls.