How long does the coronaviruos persist in objects?

A study on SARS and MERS cases can be used to predict the behavior of Wuhan’s

How long does the coronaviruos persist in objects?


Febrero 10, 2020 16:37 hrs.
Salud Internacional › USA
Denisse Medellín › Megaopinion

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German researchers have conducted a compilation of studies on how long they remain on the surfaces of objects, and how to eliminate them, the SARS and MERS coronaviruses. In their work, published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, they offer a series of recommendations, which can be extrapolated to the new coronavirus.

Like all infections that are spread by air droplets, the virus can spread through hands and frequently touched surfaces. "In hospitals they can be, for example, door handles, but also call buttons, bedside tables, bed frames and other objects that are in close proximity to patients, which are often made of metal or plastic" , explains Professor Günter Kampf, of the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine of the University Hospital of Greifswald (Germany).

The studies evaluated, which focus on the SARS and MERS coronaviruses, showed, for example, that they can persist on surfaces and remain infectious at room temperature for up to nine days. On average, they survive for four to five days. "The low temperature and high humidity of the air further increase its useful life," Kampf explains.

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