The pathogen that causes the flu survives on human pores and skin for about 1.eight hours by comparability, mentioned the examine revealed this month within the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.
“The nine-hour survival of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus strain that causes Covid-19) on human skin may increase the risk of contact transmission in comparison with IAV (influenza A virus), thus accelerating the pandemic,” it mentioned.
The analysis staff examined pores and skin collected from post-mortem specimens, about someday after death.
Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are inactivated inside 15 seconds by making use of ethanol, which is utilized in hand sanitisers.
“The longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 on the skin increases contact-transmission risk; however, hand hygiene can reduce this risk,” the examine mentioned.
The examine backs World Health Organization steering for normal and thorough hand washing to restrict transmission of the virus, which has contaminated practically 40 million individuals world wide because it first emerged in China late final yr.