A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is the very coronavirus that caused the recent outbreak of a dangerous disease called COVID-19. While the World Health Organization is trying to find an effective way to treat the disease, NASA is working hard on a mission plan, which will subsequently create a delivery system for one of the planets closest to Earth - Mars. According to an article published on livescience.com, space souvenirs that future colonists of the Red Planet will send to Earth can be a danger to the fragile biosphere of the Earth. And the reason that the “Martian premises” can be deadly is directly related to the spreading virus on the planet.
Viruses on Mars
As you know, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which marked the beginning of 2020, is a mutation of the familiar virus that causes the flu. Coming into new conditions for themselves, viruses usually try to adapt to their environment, thereby strengthening and becoming more resistant to the use of antiviral agents. In the case of SARS-CoV-2, the bat organism became such an “amplifier”, while on Mars or the Moon microorganisms can obtain new properties due to unusual climatic conditions, characteristics of the local atmosphere or its pressure.