Study: COVID survives on skin for 9 hours, 5 times longer than flu – The Times of Israel

, hence accelerating the pandemic,” it stated.

TOKYO, Japan– The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the requirement for frequent handwashing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pathogen that triggers the influenza endures on human skin for about 1.8 hours by comparison, stated the study published this month in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

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Both the flu and the coronavirus virus are suspended within 15 seconds by applying ethanol, which is used in hand sanitizers.

” The longer survival of SARS-CoV-2 on the skin increases contact-transmission threat; nevertheless, hand health can minimize this threat,” the research study stated.

The research study backs World Health Organization assistance for comprehensive and routine hand washing to restrict transmission of the infection, which has contaminated almost 40 million people worldwide considering that it initially emerged in China late in 2015.

Medical staff wearing protective clothes move the body of a client who died from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, at the coronavirus ward of the Ziv Medical Center in the northern city of Safed, on October 7, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90).

The research team evaluated skin gathered from autopsy specimens, about one day after death.