Study finds coronavirus could survive up to 9 days outside the body

Study finds coronavirus could survive up to 9 days outside the body
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[Ed. – That’s a lot of days on some high-traffic public surfaces.  Where coronavirus is already known to be present, seems smart to heed warnings about door handles (especially with plastic components), drinking fountains, anything in a public restroom or a bus or train.  Have seen several suggestions about carrying the little tissue packs for touching such surfaces when necessary.]

Cold, low-humidity environments are ideal for the disease, an analysis of 22 former coronavirus surveys by the Journal of Hospital Infection found. Past strains included Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Some surfaces are better for the virus than others.

“On copper and steel it’s pretty typical, it’s pretty much about two hours,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Thursday. “But I will say on other surfaces — cardboard or plastic — it’s longer, and so we are looking at this.” …

“The important big take-home message is that this is probably a small proportion of the transmission of respiratory viruses,” said Timothy Brewer, an epidemiologist in California.

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