Translated by: MOS Finance Team – Linda Progress
The owner of a pharmacy in Hong Kong was confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant of the CCP virus on January 1st. After investigation, it was found that a flight attendant who was infected with the virus had gone to the pharmacy to shop. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection suspects that the cause of the infection may be spread by paper currencies that carry the virus.
According to “HK 01”, a family of four, the owner of the East Asia Pharmacy in H.A.N.D.S Mall, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, has been infected with Omicron, none of them have been vaccinated. The Department of Health investigated and found that the Cathay Pacific flight attendant was infected with the virus. He violated the quarantine rules and went to the pharmacy for about 5 minutes to buy shampoo on the 27th of December. However, a surveillance video showed that both the owner and customer were wearing masks while in the pharmacy. Theoretically, the infection should have been prevented. Thus, the cause of the spread remains a mystery. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection suspects that the transmission route is related to the cash used in the transaction, and the virus may be transmitted through items such as paper currencies.
In the past, there have been many studies on the path of viral infection. A 2020 study by a team from the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong found that at 22 degrees Celsius and 65% relative humidity, the CCP virus can survive for up to 7 days on the outer layer of a surgical mask, and survives for 4 days on the inner layer. In addition, it can survive for 4 days on stainless steel, glass, and plastic surfaces, 2 days on banknotes and wood surfaces, 1 day on cloth surfaces, and 30 minutes on paper towels.
K. Kwong (Kwong Shi Shan), Ph.D. of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Hong Kong, provided similar comments in his interview last year. He stated that the virus can survive on the surface of the paper currency for 24 to 48 hours. Placing the paper currencies in a UV light box for more than 15 minutes or spraying them with alcohol can disinfect the surface of the currencies. Kwong Shi Shan warns not to touch the eyes or the mouth after touching paper currencies and coins, and to wash hands and disinfect first.
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