By Zach Kratzsch | March 28th, 2019 | How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces?
In the midst of false information and viral videos making jokes about the ordeal it's comforting to see some real information from credible sources to ease our wandering minds and help us actually do our best to flatten the curve.
So let get right into it, Typically, an infected person's cough or sneeze spreads SARS-CoV-2 – the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.
with infection numbers soaring in the last couple months researchers are looking to see the corona virus's limits so they can share this information and help lessen the spread
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, here's how long the virus could live on a variety of surfaces.
Virus’ rate of decay depends on surface
Note: Circles indicate “half-life” of virus – every time half of the virus becomes inactive
The decay rate is important because though the virus may linger on surfaces for days, people are less likely to become infected as the virus dies.
The antimicrobial effects of copper keeps it at the top of the list and many hospitals are introducing copper handrails and instruments into their rooms high contact areas.
Since we can't all wrap our houses in copper although im sure some of you are already thinking of how it could be done let's not get carried away and start cutting the wires out of our neighbors basements the best thing we can do is be sure to disinfect after returning home.
This is how the reports calculate the survival rate of viruses, in hours, on non-disinfected surfaces:
NOTE: this chart shows the total time a trace of the virus could be found on the surface but remember this does not show the half life of the virus as the previous chart
Although the chances of becoming infecting lower after each half life of the virus has been reached, the total time the virus remains on smooth non copper surfaces for quite some time So when you do have to go out into the world make sure you return washing your hands thoroughly as in this video from the Department of Health and Social Care
also be sure disinfect any items you picked up along the way or let them sit for the suggested times to allow any possible virus's to die. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of disinfectant products that meet their criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Hydrogen peroxide being at the top of the list as it actually kills bacteria and virus's and even molds, something i also learned in mold remediation class i took a couple years ago is that bleach doesnt kill molds it just dyes it.
Lets do our Best to lessen the spread please share this information with your friends and family to help us flatten the curve
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SOURCE USA TODAY reporting; New England Journal of Medicine; Stanford University; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; World Health Organization; National Center for Biotechnology Information; Department of Energy, National Accelerator Laboratory