The novel coronavirus can last almost an entire workday on your hands if you leave them untouched, a huge difference from how long the influenza virus can survive.
What’s going on?
- The study found SARS-CoV-2 can survive for 9.04 hours.
- Meanwhile, Influenza A virus (IAV) survived for 1.82 hours.
When it comes to saliva and mucus on your skin, SARS-CoV-2 survives for 11.09 hours on average, versus 1.69 hours for IAV.
However, the study found that “both SARS-CoV-2 and IAV in the mucus/medium on human skin were completely inactivated within 15 seconds by ethanol treatment.
Why it matters
The nine-hour survival for SARS-CoV-2 on human skin suggests there could be an increased risk of transmission compared to the flu.
- “Proper hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections,” the study said.
How to kill COVID-19
The CDC said that “washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations.”
- Put the gel on the palm of one hand.
- Rub your hands together.
- Rub the gel into all surfaces of hands and fingers until dry.
- The entire process should take 20 seconds.