Suara.com – Research from Japan shows that corona virus Covid-19 can last five times longer on human skin than viruses flu. This has led the researchers to emphasize the need to wash hands frequently.
Launch from Medicalxpress, virus corona Covid-19 can last up to 9 hours, while the flu virus is only 1.8 hours. This research has been published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
“Nine hours of survival SARS-CoV-2 or the corona virus that causes Covid-19 on human skin can increase the risk of contact transmission compared to IAV (influenza A virus), thereby accelerating the pandemic, “the researchers wrote.
The research team tested the skin collected from the autopsy specimen about one day after death. Both the corona virus and the flu virus are deactivated within 15 seconds using the ethanol used in hand sanitizers.
“The longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 on the skin increases the risk of contact transmission. However, maintaining good hand hygiene can reduce this risk,” the study said.
The study supports World Health Organization guidelines for regular and thorough hand washing to limit transmission of the virus. When washing your hands, try to clean them thoroughly for up to 20 seconds using soap and water.
If hand washing with soap is not possible, replace it with hand sanitizer or hand cleansing gel. Do not forget to always wear a mask, especially in crowded places and spaces with poor ventilation.