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Scientists are unsure of coronavirus effects at the beach
April 2, 2020
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From the article........"neither the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor local health agencies have warned that the virus can be spread by ocean spray or coastal breezes".
I thought that the high concentration of salt in ocean water would disrupt the molecular integrity of the virus thereby neutralizing it. I can see the concern with fresh water, just as fresh water can be home to all sorts of microbes. Unless the virus has evolved in a salty environment I’m inclined to think it’s not that likely one is going to catch the virus by being in or around the open ocean. One is more likely to catch the virus from somebody sharing the same vicinity on the beach or in the water. So we’re now supposed to be afraid of a cool breeze blowing off of the ocean on a warm Spring day?
I just looked at the 3 live cams on the West coast of Florida. Yes it is cloudy and a little rainy but there are still plenty of people on the beach. I have seen it every day since Jan.
Ok, so warning the public of the POSSIBILITY, that's good, but PROVE your THEORY with scientific FACT before setting off FIRE ALARMS.
I strongly believe in Social Distancing and follow it stringently even before COVID-19. I live very remote and closest neighbor is 1/2 mile away. But I believe individuals should have a choice whether they want to take the risk on the beach for example. Some people will say, well you may be infected and be a systematic(not know it) and spreading it. Well that's a fact, but knowing that the people not infected and going out and not practicing social distancing are taking a risk they could avoid. This happens every flu season and one reason I social distanced before the COVID-19, but most people did not. You can't shutdown society especially in this country where individual rights are valued.
Take everything you read about this virus with a grain of salt. I'm not saying not to take it seriously but it just seems like when people don't listen to the social distancing suddenly new information comes out.
Nobody has said that this virus is all over the beaches. But once you had a bunch of millennials and spring breakers swarming all over the beaches and not following the social distance rules suddenly the beach is one of the worst places you can go. I think a lot of what is going on is scare tactics to keep people in check.
We've been told that the virus does not like water or humid conditions and to wash our hands often. Now that virus can live not only in water but in the salt water of the ocean?
It seems California has a real problem with untreated sewage and other pollutants.
So does this means that all lakes,rivers, streams and ponds have the same issue?
and how much concentration of the virus does the scientist expect per cubic feet of water? And how long would the virus stay capable of affecting humans all the time is was travelling to the sea and in it? And how does this scientist account for the basic dismissal of another scientists claims about a 24 foot spread radius who also made claims w/o any proof of the possible effects (in that case it should have led to even more affections than we currently have)
Some of these scientists love to do the initial step of research . and then wildly extrapolate the effects of it w/o any research into anything beyond that initial work. They love to get their name out there as quick as possible
Per the media, the Wuhan Virus is everywhere. In the air we breath, on every surface, surfing our beaches, voyaging our oceans, canoeing our rivers, skiing our slopes, and more. If the virus is everything and on everything, sounds like the need for isolation and quarantine has passed.
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Data, testing, results please. The virus is bad, no doubt about it, but I’m sure these “scientists” have completed all the required testing to support this claim. Otherwise it would be speculation, and I’m sure they would not do that because people are in a panic right now, right?
Just because it is remotely possible something could be true, but with no evidence whatsoever, does not make it a top article on Yahoo... oh yeah, it does... before writing this article did the chemist even consider if the virus can live in salt water, or determine the actual number of covid-19 virus in the ocean becoming airborne at the beach? Why go to all that work when you can get famous in a top article on Yahoo?
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