As the nervousness and tension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown were not bad enough, A full video posted by Bollywood star Amitabh Bacchan around the claim that flies could spread coronavirus if infected. This may mislead the nation in this panic situation.
It would be nice if only famous actors would bother to familiarize themselves with scientific literature before spreading misinformation.
Let’s start without the facts. A scientific paper was published last week in The Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol Journal in which researchers reported the results of the presence of new coronaviruses in respiratory and fecal samples. (The presence of the virus was confirmed by a real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), a time-consuming but reliable method.)
Respiratory and fecal samples collected by Researchers from 74 of the 98 patients infected with COVID-19 (76% of the patient group). Stool samples from 45% of these patients were negative for the virus, but their respiratory swabs first tested positive for 15.4 days from the onset of symptoms. In 55% of the patients whose stool samples were tested positive, breathlessness from the onset of the first symptoms was also tested positive for 16.7 days. His stool samples kept testing positive
The authors of the letter suggested that public health officials should routinely test stool samples with RT-PCR, even if the patient’s respiratory samples were negative. However, they also acknowledged that they could not detect that the virus in the feces was still viable, at least based on RT-PCR tests, and that they knew zero cases in which the virus was transmitted through the feces went, therefore, he concluded, “this may suggest that infection via this pathway is unlikely to occur at present.
Clearly we need more studies to determine the viability and infectivity of COVID-19 in feces. But based on this scientific paper, we can draw some conclusions. For example, the new coronovirus remains present longer than the respiratory tract, but we do not know much about how viable and infected the virus is in feces. Critically, nowhere in the letter does transmission of COVID-19 by flies be mentioned.
In the end, we would just like to say that the whole world listens to big celebrities, so you should think very carefully and test every fact and say something else, otherwise stay silent and do not spread fear too much.