Corrections & clarifications: The Centers for Disease Control found that novel coronavirus RNA, or genetic material, not the coronavirus itself, was identified on surfaces in Diamond Princess cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after cabins were vacated.

A into the spread of the novel coronavirus on cruise ships looked into the rapid spread of the disease on the ships and beyond individual voyages.  

The CDC noted there was coronavirus RNA, or genetic material, found on surfaces in the cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers on the cruise ship – 17 days after passengers had left the cabins. Of note, the cabins had yet to be disinfected.

While the data doesn’t show if transmission of the virus occurred from surfaces, the CDC report

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