Coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent hand washing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flu-causing pathogen lives on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, a study published this month in Clinical Infectious Diseases Diary.
“The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus strain caused by COVID-19) in human skin may increase the risk of delivering contact in comparison to IAV (influenza A virus), which speeds up the pandemic, “it said.
The research team tested the skin collected from autopsy specimens, almost a day after death.
Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are inactive for 15 seconds by applying ethanol, which is used in hand sanitis.
“Prolonged survival of SARS-CoV-2 in the skin increases the risk of contact; however, hand hygiene may reduce this risk,” the study said.
The study examines the World Health Organization’s guidelines for regular and thorough hand washing to limit the transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people worldwide since it first appeared in China late last year.
Very low risk in newborn babies from mothers with COVID-19, the study found
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