The WHO recently declared COVID-19 a pandemic as the novel coronavirus continues to disrupt the lives of individuals around the globe. A lot of research and tests are on for finding more details about coronavirus. Similarly, the US government is conducting various research and tests on the deadly virus. One of the tests by the researchers of the US government show that coronavirus can last for 3 days on a surface.
Transmission not just by air. Contaminated surfaces can also transmit the virus
In addition, the study mentions virus spread is not only possible by air transmission. In addition, the contaminated surfaces is another reason. Furthermore, the research found that the virus detection duration is 3 hours in the air, 4 hours on copper, almost 24 hours on cardboard and 2-3 days on steel and plastic surfaces. On plastic and steel surfaces, the intensity of the virus was reduced after a certain period of time. However, this research is only theoretically correct. There are no such practical cases, as of now.
Previous SARS studies showed similar results
The ability of coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, to stay on various surfaces for a long time was prevalent in SARS, also caused by a coronavirus. In addition, the MERS virus, also a type of coronavirus showed similar results related to its duration on the surface. Therefore, this fact garnered more ground for the recent study.
Presently, there are around 1,34,769 positive cases and over 4,983 deaths due to dangerous coronavirus. These numbers are increasing day by day due to the increasing virus spread around the globe. However, precautions are necessary to avoid virus contraction as well as transmission.