The corona virus survives on human skin for nine hours, a flu virus for 1.8 hours. This means that the risk of transmitting corona via contact is much greater than the risk of transmitting the flu virus, say the Japanese researchers.
Hand gel works within 15 seconds
They studied the survival time on the skin of people who had recently died. Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are shut down within 15 seconds when using ethanol, which is contained in hand gels.
The chance of spreading the virus increases if the virus lives on the skin for a long time, the researchers said. “Hand hygiene can reduce that risk.”
So wash your hands
The study endorses the WHO and RIVM policy, which is aimed at regular and careful hand washing. Nearly 40 million people worldwide have been infected with the corona virus since the outbreak in China at the end of last year.