Researchers claim coronavirus is stronger than what other studies say. A team of scientists in Hungary tried to pierce the novel coronavirus's viral particle using a fine needle.
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They conducted the experiment to see how much force the virus could withstand before it explodes like a balloon. However, the scientists were surprised by the result since it did not explode.
The Sars-Cov-2's native virion, the complete virus particle, is only 80 nanometres wide. The needle that the researchers used is smaller compared to the virus's size.
They put the needle's tip from the top of the virus and then pierced it until it reached the viral particle's bottom, squashing the virion. However, it was able to recover quickly after the needle was removed.
The scientists repeated the drill 100 times, but the viral particle remained almost intact. Dr. Miklos, a scientist from Kellermayer of Semmelweis University in Budapest who led the study, said that it is "surprisingly resilient."
The research's results were posted in a non-peer-reviewed paper of biorxiv.org on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Scientists were surprised with the coronavirus' new characteristics
The study's results surprised the scientists after revealing its unique structure. Another study conducted by the researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing released the most detailed coronavirus structural reconstruction.
The findings were published in the journal Cell this week, which also revealed that the virus could gather a large amount of nucleic acid ribbon. The acid carries genetic data into a very tight envelope without getting the particles entangled.
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On the other hand, ABC News reported that coronavirus' death in the United surpasses 200,000. Experts claimed that the death cases could reach more than 415,000 in the United States. by January.
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