Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA, and Princeton University co-authored a study that reveals the primary sources for getting infected with COVID-19. The results are overwhelming: everything we touch might be a source of contagion. The researchers showed how long coronavirus lasts on various surfaces, according to a report on MarketWatch.
How long coronavirus, the source for COVID-19, lasts on surfaces
The most frightening of them all being the air, where the virus resists up to three hours. Copper is just a little more obedient, holding the virus alive for four hours. Cardboard hosts it up to 24 hours. COVID-19’s shelters seem to be plastic and stainless steel, where the virus might wait for its next victims for two or three days.
While a surface can be avoided and/or cleaned with virus-killing solutions, the air can’t be so easily controlled. The virus stability has a dependency on humidity and temperature. Indoor air can be kept safe by managing the air-conditioning, open windows, and overall air quality.
When compared with the former coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1, the new one has more erratic behavior, and scientists can’t figure it out as of why. Nothing they’ve learned from what happened in 2003-2004 with SARS-CoV-1 seems to help much.
Coronavirus is very contagious
The condition is slippery, and due to this quality, it killed about 13,000 people form a total of more than 300,000 confirmed cases. About 92,000 recoveries were registered so far, but the stats are not very accurate. The reality could be much more frightening.
One of the biggest problems is that the virus can contaminate people without them knowing it and without showing any symptoms. People might have coronavirus, and the immune system could handle it. But in this process, the undetected host can spread SARS-CoV-1. Everything the person touches, the air she/he expires becomes a source of infection.
There are things we can all do. Stay home! Get out only if absolutely necessary. And when you do, wear a mask, don’t get closer than 2 meters to other people, don’t touch your face, wipe the surfaces you touch, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every time you make contact with exterior sources to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus.