Coronavirus can live in air for 3 hours and on plastic for 3 days
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found coronavirus can survive in aerosol particles for up to three hours. The research also found the virus can survive on cardboards for up to a day and on plastics for up to three days, reiterating the need to keep surfaces especially clean throughout the pandemic.
Experts from a group of US universities added that the virus follows similar patterns to SARS – another coronavirus which broke out in China in 2002.
The team wrote in the journal: “These findings echo those with SARS-CoV-1, in which these forms of transmission were associated with nosocomial spread and super-spreading events, and they provide information for pandemic mitigation efforts.”
Wesley Baker, CEO of ANCON Medical, an early diagnosis and aerosol specialist, who was not involved in the study, said: “This research not only demonstrates the value of washing your hands but how easily this virus could be transferred from person to person through the air that we are breathing – especially in confined spaces.