COVID-19: all variants would fit in one drink can | Digital Trends Spanish
Kit Yates is a mathematician at the University of Bath, in England. Regarding the coronavirus, the scientist made a unique calculation: all the variants of SARS-CoV-2 that currently circulate in the world would fit in a drink can.
Yates’ intention when doing his calculations was to show all the devastation that a small viral particle can cause, according to as indicated by the Reuters agency.
People can reflect in this way about the fragility in which the world is faced with a health emergency of this type.
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Taking global rates of new infections as a reference, in addition to estimates of viral load, the mathematician calculated that there are about two quintillion (or two trillion trillion) particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the planet.
The professional explained that he used the diameter of the virus with a measurement of about 100 nanometers, or 100 billionths of a meter, and then calculated the volume of the spherical virus.
Considering the coronavirus spike proteins, and the fact that the spherical particles leave gaps when stacked, the total result is still still less than the size of a single 330 milliliter can of drink.
“It is amazing to think that all the problems, upheavals, difficulties and loss of life that have occurred in the last year can constitute just a few drinks,” Yates said in a statement.
It should be remembered that more than 2.34 million people have died in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and almost 107 million cases have been confirmed globally.