The COVID-19 virus can persist in the air and on surfaces for hours, according to a new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health in conjunction with the CDC, UCLA, and Princeton.
Researchers and scientists found that the new coronavirus was detectable and stable on contaminated objects, suggesting that people could become infected in numerous ways.
The test attempted to recreate how the virus can be deposited on a surface by an infected person. Transmission can happen through coughing or touching.
The study also investigated how long the virus remained infectious on those surfaces.
“The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel,” the National Institutes of Health said.
According to the scientists, people may be spreading the virus without knowing.
"Most secondary cases of virus transmission appear to be occurring in community settings rather than healthcare settings," the study said.
The Infographic below shows how long the virus lives on surfaces,
Here are some tips from the National Institutes of Health:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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