Hong Kong researchers reveal time of coronavirus existence on surfaces

Source : 112 Ukraine

Covid-19 may stay on the outer layer of medical mask for seven days
16:47, 6 April 2020

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The researchers from the university in Hong Kong told how long the coronavirus may exist on different surfaces as South China Morning Post reported.

They state that the virus may stay on paper for up to three hours, while on wood and fabric – the whole day.

On the glass, the virus remains to exist on the second day. On plastic and steel, the virus may stay up to 72 hours, while on cooper surface it exists not longer than four hours, on cardboard – 24 hours.

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Besides, on the outer layer of the medical mask, the coronavirus was present for the whole week; it was found after seven days. The experts noted that it is very important not to touch the face during wearing the mask.

Despite the long-term stay on different surfaces, its concentration quickly reduces. Besides, the accidental contact with the surface with virus does not mean the potential possibility of infection.

However, the researchers state that people should not risk health, it is necessary to wash hands and use disinfectants.

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As we reported, the general number of people infected with Covid-19 in Ukraine grew to 1,319. The Healthcare Ministry reported that, claiming 68 new cases over the last 24 hours.


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