American scientists in the National Institute of Health tested the life-span of the new form of Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 causing Covid-19 infection. The results showed that this deadly virus can live in the air for three hours and on many surfaces for three days.

The experiment results were announced today, March 12th. The scientists said they use a spray tool to release SARS-CoV-2 samples into the air. Then, they found out that the virus can live in the air for three hours, on bronze surfaces for four hours, on cartons for 24 hours and 2 two to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces.

Coronavirus Can Live In The Air For 3 Hours
Coronavirus Can Live In The Air For 3 Hours

Tests on the SARS-CoV virus that caused SARS infection gave the same result. Those tests were carried out in the Rocky Mountain Lab of NIH in Hamilton in Montana State of the US. Many scientists from NIH, Princeton University, and California University joined the research project funded by the US Government and National Science Foundation.

The research crew pressed that the results of those studies don’t mean that you can infect this virus if inhale the air or touch the surface with Coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Can Spread When Patients Cough

Mrs. van Doremalen, the leader of the research crew commented that they didn’t mean Coronavirus can be spread through breathing. The experiment results only show that SARS-CoV-2 can live in a long time on those surfaces. Thus, they only posted it on a forum and haven’t made any official announcement.

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Scientists haven’t given any evaluation of these experiments. Mrs. Julie Fischer, a professor in Microbiology and Immunology Department at Georgetown University, commented that those tests pressed the importance of self-hygiene.

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She said we had to wash our hands regularly and be aware of spreading channels. Mrs. Doremalen also confirmed that they were working hard in finding the best prevention and solution to SARS-CoV-2. She advised people to use diluted sanitizers to clean the air and surfaces.

Since the first outbreak of this pandemic in China, coronavirus caused more than 1.2 lakh infections and over 4,600 deaths all over the world.

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