Study: COVID survives on the skin for 9 hours, five times...

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese researchers have found that the coronavirus stays active on human skin for nine hours. One discovery found that frequent hand washing is required to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours, by comparison, according to the study published this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

“The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 [the virus strain that causes COVID-19] on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission compared to IAV [influenza A virus]This accelerates the pandemic, “it said.

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The research team tested the skin taken from autopsy samples about a day after death.


On October 7, 2020, medical personnel in protective clothing move the body of a patient who has died of an infection with the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the coronavirus ward of the Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed. (David Cohen / Flash90)

Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are inactivated within 15 seconds by the application of ethanol, which is used in hand sanitizers.

“The longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 on the skin increases the risk of contact transmission. However, hand hygiene can reduce this risk, ”the study says.

The study supports the World Health Organization’s guidelines for regular and thorough hand washing to limit transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people worldwide since it first appeared in China late last year.

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