A examine carried out by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) signifies that the coronavirus could possibly be detected as much as 10 ft or 3.048 metres within the air round an contaminated particular person, parliament was informed Friday.
In a written response to a query in Lok Sabha, Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh mentioned the outcomes of the CSIR examine have been posted on a pre-print server.
“The study conducted by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) indicates that the coronavirus could be detected up to 10 feet (3.048 meters) in the air around an infected individual. However, with directional air flow, the possibility of virus riding on aerosols to long distances cannot be denied,” Mr Singh mentioned.
As a precautionary measure, sporting a masks may help in considerably decreasing the danger of catching the an infection by way of air, he cautioned.
Replying to a different query on Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) — a consortium of 28 genome sequencing laboratories of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF&W), CSIR, Ministry of Education, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and State Governments — he mentioned the general intention of the consortium is to observe the genomic variations in coronavirus in India.
He mentioned in response to the ICMR database, there are 1,88,26,913 people registered as COVID-19 constructive between December 20 to July 19 2021.
“Since the inception of INSACOG till now the INSACOG has sequenced 57,476 SARS-CoV-2 genomes. Out of these, 44,334 samples have been analysed and assigned Pangolin lineage classification and submitted to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for public health correlation,” he added.
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