There are many ways to compare Valley Fever with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Experts now have an estimate on how long COVID-19 can live inside the human body.
After learning how long the novel coronavirus can live on surfaces, researchers now have an idea of how long the virus can live inside the bodies of those infected by it.
The COVID-19 RNA can live can live an average of 20 days, up to 37 days in a study in patients within China. The Chinese government has not been entirely forthcoming with data, but this article was published in Lancet, a respected medical journal.
Compare this with Valley Fever, which has spores that can become dormant in the human body and reactivate years later, causing sickness even decades after a person originally became infected.
Travel advisories and restrictions are common for areas stricken by severe coronavirus outbreaks. So far it has killed far fewer people in the US than Valley Fever does annually. With a new public focus on infections, how long will it be until the true effects of the Valley Fever epidemic become common knowledge and travel advisories are made against Valley Fever’s endemic areas?