Japanese scientists conducted a study and found that the coronavirus lives on human skin for 9 hours. Research paper published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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As part of the experiment, the skin of a deceased person was tested, as a result, and it was found how much covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) can remain active. For comparison, the influenza A virus dies in human hands in 1.82 hours.
According to scientists, the coronavirus is inactivated on the skin much faster than on plastic, steel or glass. It is noted that SARS-CoV-2 is equally stable both on mucus and in a normal environment, unlike the flu.
According to scientific data, covid-19 lives on various surfaces for about 11 hours, while influenza A lasts a little over an hour. Ethanol is able to completely destroy both viruses in 15 seconds. Therefore, hand treatment is an urgent prevention of infection, along with wearing a mask and maintaining a distance.
Scientists fear the high survival rate of the coronavirus could accelerate the pandemic. Responsibility of citizens plays an important role in this, therefore, do not forget about the main ways of safety for your health.