A active reservoir of SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 has been found in whitetail deer populations:
New research from the US has shown that white-tailed deer are being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Antibodies were found in 40% of deer that were tested from January to March 2021 across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York state. A second unpublished study has detected the virus in 80% of deer sampled in Iowa between November 2020 and January 2021.
Such high levels of infection led the researchers to conclude that deer are actively transmitting the virus to one another. The scientists also identified different SARS-CoV-2 variants, suggesting there have been many human-to-deer infections.
The large numbers of white-tailed deer in North America and the fact that they often live close to people provide several opportunities for the disease to move between the two species. This can include wildlife management operations, field research, recreation, tourism and hunting. In fact, hunters are likely to be one of the most obvious sources of potential reinfection as they regularly handle dead animals.
Wonder how the idiot connedspiracy theorists are going to explain this. Somehow, the Democrats got the whitetail deer to cooperate in the COVID-19 scam.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, COVID-19 lingers within nursing home patients’ rooms for days
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — SARS-CoV-2 lingers and persists on surfaces like tables, call buttons, and TV remote controls within nursing room patients’ rooms, according to researchers from the University of Michigan. Their study finds an astounding 90 percent of analyzed COVID patients’ rooms showed signs of detectable coronavirus on at least one surface. In some cases, scientists found COVID particles days after the patient left the hospital.
Study authors did not, however, test the collected RNA swabs to see if they were indeed infectious. Still, they conclude this research can significantly assist with identifying surfaces that health care workers should routinely clean and disinfect.
This would also then mean that anybody with COVID-19 in your home, workplace, vehicle or wherever, could be leaving behind detectable RNA. Whether it is infectious or not wasn’t demonstrated in this study.
OXFORD, United Kingdom — A single gene may be responsible for doubling the risk of death from COVID-19 among certain patients, a new study warns. Researchers from Oxford University say this gene variant keeps the cells in the lungs from properly responding to the virus. Concerningly, 60 percent of people of South Asian ancestry carry this high-risk gene.