The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) He has lived with humanity for less than a year and still continues to surprise. A week ago Australian scientists claimed that it could survive 28 days at 20 degrees on surfaces such as plastic and steel, and now they have found another feature.
According to a group of Japanese researchers, remains active on human skin for nine hours, five times more than the flu virus. This ends up affirming the need for frequent hand washing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared, the flu-causing pathogen survives on human skin for about 1.8 hours, according to the study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
“The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission compared to the influenza virus, thus accelerating the pandemic,” the study indicates.
The research team examined the skin obtained from autopsies, approximately one day after death.
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Both the coronavirus and the flu virus they are inactive in 15 seconds by applying ethanol, which is used in hand sanitizers.
“Longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 in the skin increases the risk of contact transmission; however, hand hygiene can reduce this risk“the study noted.
The study supports the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to regularly wash your hands thoroughly to limit transmission of the virus.
Almost 40 million people have been infected around the world since it first appeared in China late last year.