Omicron survives longer on plastic, skin than prior variants; nose swabbing found best for rapid tests

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review.

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The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID -19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review.

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID -19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review.

The Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions of the coronavirus on plastic surfaces and human skin, Japanese researchers found in laboratory tests.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterIts high "environmental stability" - its ability to remain infectious - might have helped Omicron replace Delta as the dominant variant and spread rapidly, they said. On plastic surfaces, average survival times of the original strain and the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants were 56 hours, 191.3 hours, 156.6 hours, 59.3 hours, and 114.0 hours, respectively. That compared to 193.5 hours for Omicron, the researchers reported

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Hmmm. At what point do they label the specimen tube “positive?”

Australia Had Covid-19 Under Control—Omicron Changed ThatAustralia’s Covid-19 infections and deaths were once among the lowest in the world. Now, a wave of the virus unlike anything the country had seen is fueling anger at the government. Who could have possibly predicted? What a wank article.

Fauci: Omicron COVID-19 infections likely to peak in FebruaryDr. Anthony Fauci said he was 'as confident as you can be' that states will hit their highest point of infections in February Hurry up and get your 20th booster shot !! 🤡🤡🤡 Ok. Keep me posted.

COVID-19 live updates: New Zealand imposes restrictions amid omicron outbreakNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that her own wedding will be postponed as she announced a new set of COVID -19 restrictions amid the country’s first omicron outbreak. I feel just awful for those 30 or so folks who live in New Zealand. Thoughts and prayers, y'all. America is the shining beacon on the hill and JoeBiden is destroying it This is what happened when you give up guns!

Utah's lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson tested positive for COVID -19 Sunday, her office announced. Oh, No! Welp..... Hope she's not depending on healthcare from those in the cheap seats. Isn’t this the second time?

Utah lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson has tested positive for COVID -19 days after a string of Utah legislators also tested positive for the virus. Zzzzzzzzzzz 😂😂. CoxFailed HendersenFailed UtahLegislatureFailed No one cares anymore. I know plenty of people,vaxed and not vaxed, all have the same symptoms. Time to move on.

COVID-19 Patient at Center of Ventilator Fight Dies in TexasA unvaccinated COVID -19 patient flown from Minnesota to Texas during a legal battle over whether his ventilator should be turned off died Saturday, the family’s attorney said. Classic 'family didn't feel he was taken care of' when he didn't get vaccinated. No, they tried, he didn't. These no vax people should listen to the doctors. His wife disparaged and sued the hospital (later dropping the suit) where he was originally being treated. She then had the guy flown to good ole’ Texas and he dies anyway. GetVaccinated Should have gave him the Joe Rogan cure to start with.

Omicron survives longer on plastic and skin The Omicron variant can survive longer than earlier versions of the coronavirus on plastic surfaces and human skin, Japanese researchers found in laboratory tests. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Its high "environmental stability" - its ability to remain infectious - might have helped Omicron replace Delta as the dominant variant and spread rapidly, they said. On plastic surfaces, average survival times of the original strain and the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants were 56 hours, 191.3 hours, 156.6 hours, 59.3 hours, and 114.0 hours, respectively. That compared to 193.5 hours for Omicron, the researchers reported on bioRxiv ahead of peer review. On skin samples from cadavers, average virus survival times were 8.6 hours for the original version, 19.6 hours for Alpha, 19.1 hours for Beta, 11.0 hours Gamma, 16.8 hours for Delta and 21.1 hours for Omicron. On skin, all of the variants were completely inactivated by 15 seconds of exposure to alcohol-based hand sanitizers. "Therefore," the researchers conclude, "it is highly recommended that current infection control (hand hygiene) practices use disinfectants... as proposed by the World Health Organization." Nose swabbing best for rapid antigen tests Users of rapid antigen tests to detect COVID-19 should swab their nostrils as directed by the manufacturer and not swab the throat or cheek instead, new research shows. Earlier this month, with Omicron accounting for nearly all coronavirus infections in San Francisco, researchers there performed both PCR and Abbott Laboratories' (ABT.N) BinaxNOW rapid antigen test on 731 people requesting COVID-19 tests. Nasal swabbing "detected over 95% of persons with the highest levels of virus who are most likely contagious," said Dr. Diane Havlir of the University of California, San Francisco. In 115 volunteers with positive PCR tests, her team compared BinaxNOW results using swab samples from the nose and the throat obtained by trained professionals. Throat swabs detected nearly 40% fewer cases than nose swabs, they