Canadian researchers have ficially isolated the coronavirus, a breakthrough that can lead to a solution.
Researchers from two Ontario universities and the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Canada have successfully isolated and grown multiple copies the novel coronavirus, ficially identified as COVID-19. The in Dec. 2019, has now become a worldwide pandemic that has severely affected countries like Italy and Iran, forcing . And now, COVID-19 has rapidly infiltrated the continent North America and South America causing many gatherings such as and to be indefinitely postponed. However, a team Canadian researchers might have provided the first step in containing the life-threatening illness due to their tenacious studies COVID-19 in the midst global turmoil. John Moore/Getty s
According to corona.help, the number confirmed coronavirus infections is over 141,000 patrons around the globe (as March 12), the amount confirmed death due to the virus is currently at 5,371, and the amount those who contracted the disease and successfully recovered is at 70,654. After successfully isolating the virus the Sunnybrook Research Institute released a press statement detailing their discoveries, it states:
"Thanks to nimble collaboration, the team was able to culture the virus from two clinical specimens in a Level 3 containment facility. (Isolating the virus) can help scientists in Canada and around the world to 'develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, and vaccines,' and also understand it a bit better in terms its biology and evolution."
Dr. Samira Mubareka, an infectious diseases physician at Sunnybrook, continued:
"While the immediate response is crucial, longer-term solutions come from essential research into this novel virus."
The two additional Ontario universities with researchers on the team include McMaster University and the University Toronto. Arinjay Banerjee, a researcher from McMaster University involved in the isolation process the infectious disease specializes in coronaviruses and bats. Banerjee took to the McMaster University website to detail his involvement with the research stating:
"I’d always told my friends, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a guy who gets called in if there’s an outbreak,’ What’s happening with the outbreak is sad, but I’m glad I can contribute to the process understanding this and controlling this outbreak."
Last month, it was revealed that . Unfortunately, it takes approximately fifteen years to properly test a vaccine this magnitude on people and measure its effectiveness. Until then, no matter where you are, remain calm, remain cleanly, continuously sanitize your living spaces, wash your hands, and continue to live your lives to the best your abilities.