Scientists in south China’s Guangzhou on Sunday detected the nucleic acid of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on a doorknob at the house of a patient diagnosed with the disease, according to an official for the Disease Control and Prevention Center in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province.
In addition, other areas prone to contamination include mobile phones, keyboards and faucet handles, added the official.
“[The husband] was screened at the airport per the quarantine rules at the time and was found to be totally healthy and asymptomatic, so nothing was going on with him at the time,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the San Benito County Health Officer.
However, a few weeks after he returned from China, the husband and wife started feeling symptoms of the virus and called health officials, according to KSBW. The husband reported having a cough and fever.