Let’s be clear : we must never talk of ″Covid″ when we are talking of CoVid-19 .
There are several ″CoVids″ and it is clear that precision is important.
The virus that causes CoVid-19 is SARS-CoV-2. The one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, known as SARS, in 2003 is SARS-CoV.
The one that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS is MERS-CoV. That was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
The capital V is because it’s Corona Virus.
While there is a tendency to be sloppy with the terminology, we should resist it for that reason but also because we should never become complacent and talk of it in chatty terms.
We are hearing, albeit statistically insignificant, reports of people who have contracted a variant of CoVid-19 after having apparently recovered from a previous infection.
There are no conclusive reports as to whether this is a genuine second, unrelated infection or whether the original infection hid in the persons’ systems and mutated in that host.
We are now hearing, too, that the original estimates of how long the virus would survive on surfaces were low and that we should now regard 72 hours as the lifespan on non-porous surfaces.
That raises huge questions over handrails in public transport, on steps into buildings and, of course, the rubber bands in escalators and travelators – the latter of which are most commonly found in the very places where no one is producing accurate data on infection rates – airside at airports.
And, of course, escalators are a principle feature of shopping centres (malls) and, therefore, while track and trace software identifies individual shops that an infected person has been in, he’s also been using escalators, lifts, etc.
Is sealing a single shop for cleaning a big enough response?