According to the World Health Organization, Covid-19 can withstand high temperatures, well above the body temperature of human beings. The latest research indicates that the coronavirus would lose its infectious potential if it is exposed to temperatures that exceed 56 degrees Celsius, for at least 30 minutes, or temperatures greater than 65 degrees, maintained for 10 minutes.
WHO warns that hot baths do not kill coronavirus
Specialized researchers agree that the Covid-19 it remains I live on surfaces and fabrics for many hours, even up to several days. Contamination can become almost immediate in cases of direct contact with clothing or surfaces, if afterwards the person touches the face, particularly the eyes, nose or mouth.
The World Health Organization, ensures that it is a mistake to think that a hot shower or bath can kill the coronavirus. The temperature that a person’s body can withstand during a shower or immersion bath cannot exceed 40 degrees Celsius, without the risk of burns.
Gilles Pialoux, from the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the Tenon Hospital in Paris, recommends that garments are washed at temperatures above 60 degrees and for at least ten minutes. Ensures that cleaning clothes at lower temperatures is totally insufficient to eliminate the virus.
Similarly, it is ensured that the exposure of clothing to temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius has absolutely no effect on Covid-19. The scientist recalls that there is evidence that many types of viruses have been kept frozen for thousands of years, without losing any of its properties.
A global contagion
WHO reminds the public that the Covid-19 virus can be transmitted in any area of the planet and that all areas are included, be they dry, hot, humid or cold.
Researchers assure that the “ideal” temperature range for coronavirus survival it is between 12 degrees and 24 degrees centigrade. From this it could be deduced that, depending on its spread in the different geographical areas of the planet, it would tend to decrease its influence when the average temperatures are below or above these thermal values.
However, Marc Lipsitch, professor of Epidemiology and director of the Center for the Dynamics of Communicable Diseases at the Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, in the United States of America, assures that the deadly coronavirus can be more harmful in the winter than in the summer.
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