How Long Does The Coronavirus Last On Different Surfaces?
CoronaVirus Infection; World Statistics
With the current statistics being reported as global cases are 537,177 while the number of deaths being is 24,126 and the number of people who have fully recovered is 124,440 as of 27.03.2020 12:55GMT+3
As the world is grabbling to understand how to deal with the coronavirus, supermarkets and shops are running out of cleansing and cleaning supplies such as sanitizers and medicated soap.
While on the one hand, we are encouraging people to #DoThe5 the question that begs to be answered is how long does the coronavirus last on subway rail, kitchen counter, plastics, stain steel, paper among others
Corona Virus (Covid-19) Attaches on Surfaces
According to a new analysis, it has been discovered that the virus can stay in an infected atmosphere for up to 3 hours, 4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, plastic, and stainless steel up to 72 hours.
The analysis which was was published initially by medRxiv on March 11 can be accessed on https://www.medrxiv.org, while an updated version was released on March 17 by The New England Journal of Medicine can be accessed https://www.nejm.org
From the analysis, one can deduce that the virus survives longer on manufactured surfaces than on natural elements aside from copper while it lasts only 4 hours.
It would be significant, therefore that individuals try to disinfect every surface that may be exposed to the virus to minimize the infections and in time, eradicate the virus.
Much as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may test these surfaces, it remains to stat that data cannot be used to determine whether transmission may have or will occur after those times have elapsed.
In other words, it’s not clear if the viral particles on these surfaces can infect people after these times of exposure have elapsed.
Previously published papers and research on human coronaviruses have found that the virus can stay on surfaces — like metal, glass or plastic — for as long as nine days, unlike common flu viruses that last on surfaces for 48 hours.
Solution to the Coronavirus
However, it was also noted that when subject to higher temperatures of about 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), the virus could die.
How households can deal with the virus COVID-19 can be wiped away effectively by using common disinfectants.
Household Disinfectants Can Inactivate Coronavirus
Household Disinfectants with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite can inactivate coronaviruses within a minute.
In that regard, therefore, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions containing at least 70% alcohol, and most EPA-registered common household disinfectants should be used for disinfecting surfaces against the coronavirus.
For those who prefer homemade solutions, you can prepare bleach solution prepared by mixing 5 tablespoons (one-third cup) of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
Caution On Bleach Usage
However, “never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser,” the CDC advised. Mixing common cleaners can create toxic fumes, according to a previous Live Science report. For example, when bleach is combined with an acidic solution, a chemical reaction produces chlorine gas, which can irritate the eyes, throat and nose. At high concentrations, that gas can cause breathing difficulties and fluid in the lungs, and at very high levels, it can lead to death, according to the report.
How Covid-19 Spreads
It’s possible that a person can be infected with the virus by touching a contaminated surface or object, “then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “But this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” Though the virus remains viable in the air, the new study can’t say whether people can become infected by breathing it in from the air, according to the Associated Press.
The virus is most likely to spread from person to person through close contact and respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes that can land on a nearby person’s mouth or nose, according to the CDC.
Handling Coronavirus Infection Cases
If a person in a household is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, “clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas,” according to the CDC’s recommendations. Common household areas include tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets and sinks.
What’s more, “As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room and away from other people in their home,” they wrote. The caregiver should try to stay away from the ill person as much as possible; this means the ill person, if possible, should clean and disinfect surfaces themselves. If that’s not possible, the caregiver should wait “as long as practical” after an ill person uses the bathroom to clean and disinfect surfaces, according to the CDC.
For statistics updates please check https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/