As we know there is less evidence of biological activity in Dead Sea ( Lake full of salt water).

Also, our blood cells do not survive in too much salt water as they shrink and die.

So I was thinking that about if viruses survive a super saturated salt water.

And if they survive then which thing is making them survive and giving them the tolerance capacity?

And if they get killed then how they get killed?

  • $\begingroup$ Finally the question got some attention in the tough fight with Corona virus. $\endgroup$ Apr 1, 2020 at 12:06

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This issue was studied in Virus inactivation by salt (NaCl) and phosphate supplemented salt in a 3D collagen matrix model for natural sausage casings International Journal of Food Microbiology Volume 148, Pages 128–134.

Saturated NaCl was tested on 4 types of virus, foot-and-mouth-disease virus (FMDV), classical swine fever virus (CSFV), swine vesicular disease virus (SVDV) and African swine fever virus (ASFV) at four different temperatures:4, 12, 20 and 25 °C for a period of 30 days.

For ASFV, but not the other 3 viruses, saturated NaCl had a significant effect of inactivating the virus, on a days timescale.


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