New studies by the Trump administration show promise in ways the CCP Virus (coronavirus) may effectively be killed in a very short time.
William Bryan, the acting head of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, presented what he called “emerging results” that showed that the virus within droplets of saliva survives best in indoor and dry conditions, reported US News.
“Coronavirus dies at a much more rapid pace when exposed to sunlight and humidity,” Bryan said during the White House briefing on Thursday, April23. “The virus dies the quickest in direct sunlight. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds.”
“Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears to have on killing the virus, both surfaces and in the air. We’ve seen a similar effect with both temperature and humidity as well, where increasing the temperature and humidity or both is generally less favorable to the virus,” Bryan said.
A biocontainment lab in Maryland has been conducting testing on the virus since February, Bryan said.
The virus has been found to die in minutes when exposed to sunlight plus temperatures above 75 degrees, with a humidity of around 80 percent. “The virus is dying at a much more rapid pace just from exposure to higher temperatures and just from exposure to humidity,” Bryan said, reports Fox11.
“If you inject … the sun, the half-life goes from six hours to two minutes,” Bryan said. “That’s how much of an impact the UV rays has on the virus.”
However, Bryant stressed that social distancing methods were still the most important way to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The president, tongue in cheek took a swipe at the media after they had criticized him recently over his comments about the heat of summer having an effect on the virus. “I just threw it out as a suggestion and it seems like that might be the case,” he said.
Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, was optimistic about recovery times for America. “If you look at the trends today, I think by Memorial Day Weekend we will largely have this coronavirus epidemic behind us,” said Pence. “State and local officials will begin to reopen activities, you’re going to see states ahead here begin to do that.”
In March, Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergency chief said, “We have to assume that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread, and it’s a false hope to say yes, it will just disappear in the summertime like influenza.”