Corona Virus Can Last Up To 9 Hours On The Skin


JAKARTA – According to researchers from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan, corona virus can only survive on human skin for approximately 9 hours, far longer than the flu virus which is only reported to last for 1.8 hours.

The research is published in the journal Oxford Academic in Clinical Infectious Diseases on October 3. The research is a joint effort between the university’s Infectious Diseases Department, the Department of Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the Department of Forensic Medicine. (Also read: Swelling of Your Ankle? This Could Be A Sign Of A Heart Attack)

Reported by Times Now News, the research aims to highlight the importance of washing hands in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.

To conduct research, a human corpse one day after death is used to conduct research, because applying highly infectious pathogens to the skin of a living human is dangerous.

“Survival of SARS-CoV-2 for 9 hours on human skin could increase the risk of contact transmission compared to IAV, thus accelerating the pandemic. Proper hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the study said.

However, what is of great relief is that the new coronavirus or even the flu virus completely disappears from the surface within 15 seconds of using ethanol (80%), a common ingredient in hand sanitizers. (Also read: Corona Virus Goes Crazy, Spain Implements Emergency in Madrid)

A report by Harvard Medical School states that COVID-19 can persist on multiple surfaces for hours and days. So far, the total number of times on different surfaces has been reported – four hours on copper, 2 hours on cardboard, and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.

“If the surface is dirty, clean it first with detergent and water, then disinfect,” advises Harvard Health.

Also, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after carrying the package, or after traveling to a grocery store or other place where you may come in contact with infected surfaces.



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