Study: COVID survives on skin for 9 hours, 5 times longer than flu

TOKYO, Japan — The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent handwashing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“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 in comparison with IAV [influenza A virus], thus accelerating the pandemic,” it said.

The research team tested skin collected from autopsy specimens, about one day after death.

Medical staff wearing protective clothes move the body of a patient who died from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, at the coronavirus ward of the Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed, on October 7, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)

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

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

The study backs World Health Organization guidance for regular and thorough hand washing to limit transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people around the world since it first emerged in China late last year.

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2 Responses to “Study: COVID survives on skin for 9 hours, 5 times longer than flu”

  1. GLR says:

    A VIRUS CANNOT BE SEEN by lens-type microscopes, only by an electron microscope which CREATES IMAGES. It’s like an MRI scan or oceanographer who takes images of the ocean floor. Therefore a virus is SO SMALL that it can easily go through cloth masks and clothing. A virus is NOT A LIVING ORGANISM, and only “comes alive” in contact with a human cell, ANY HUMAN CELL whether it’s your forehead, arms or legs. MASKS DON’T HELP.

  2. Awake Goyim Awake Goyim says:

    I hope people are not believing this bullshit from the kosher criminals who invented Covid19 scamdemic

    Covid19 scam

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