December 16, 2022, 05:28 – Public News Service – OSN

Coronavirus can persist in the bodies of infected patients after their death. Moreover, the ability of the virus to become infected is also preserved, writes The New York Times, citing a study by the Japanese University of Chiba and the German Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

According to researchers, traces of COVID-19 persisted in corpses for 17 days. Japanese scientists conducted a study on hamsters. They found that a dead individual that was in the same cage with the living ones transmitted the coronavirus to relatives.

“Like in a zombie horror movie, COVID can persist in the bodies of infected patients even after death,” the authors of the article emphasize.

At the same time, the researchers clarified that the risk of spreading coronavirus from a living patient is much higher than the potential transmission from a corpse.

According to the operational headquarters of the Russian Federation, COVID-19 can be transmitted both by airborne droplets and by contact. Rospotrebnadzor explained that the incubation period for infection, for example, with “omicron” is from three to six days.

Earlier, the Public News Service reported that the candidate of medical sciences, immunologist Nikolai Kryuchkov explained what is more dangerous – the flu or the coronavirus.