SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — A group of researchers from UC San Diego is trying into whether or not the coronavirus can unfold by way of the air for miles on out.
The chance is being studied within the Tijuana Estuary and Pacific Ocean in South San Diego. The space is suffering from renegade sewage flows from Mexico that carry tens of tens of millions of gallons of untreated sewage, pushing it north of the border, one thing that occurs virtually each day.
This typically forces the closure of many seashores and has been identified to make surfers and swimmers sick.
Researchers are attempting to determine what occurs to viruses present in sewage — together with the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 — as soon as they hit the pounding surf within the ocean.
“The focus in the past has been on pollution going into the ocean and how it affects people who are surfing, swimming, walking on the beach. Anytime you have pollution going into the ocean there’s a chance it’s going to become airborne. Question is, what’s it doing to our health,” stated Dr. Kim Prather, UC San Diego’s Distinguished Chair Atmospheric Chemistry.
“A lot of viruses become airborne but not all of them. We’re trying to understand which ones get into the air and eventually get into humans,” she stated.
Soon, researchers will start testing individuals who dwell close to the seashore and in Tijuana to see if their our bodies have traces of a virus together with COVID-19, Prather stated.
“We’ll also be working with surfers, there’s a lot of surfers who have expressed concern about what they’re breathing while they’re surfing, why their lungs don’t feel so good. We’ll be swabbing surfers before and after they go in the ocean just to see what is getting into them,” Prather stated.
Prather stated earlier checks present that crashing surf can in reality break up supplies sending them into the air, spreading particles for miles.
“Once it’s in the air, a lot more people get exposed, you don’t have to go into the water to get exposed.”
But Dr. Prather cautioned they won’t be able to say whether or not any of the “viruses are viable” together with COVID-19
“This virus doesn’t like sun or heat. If we detect it, more studies will be needed to determine if it is viable, we believe it will have difficulty surviving in the ocean and air. There’s no reason to create alarm in the public at this time,” stated Dr. Prather.
Dr. Prather says she hopes to have preliminary findings by the autumn, though the research is predicted to go on for years.