Scientific investigations have revealed that coronavirus has the potential to stay on inanimate surfaces for “up to nine days,” such as bottles, plastic, metal and glass.
Scientists said coronavirus which is officially known as Covid-19 is the third highly pathogenic human virus the world has seen on three decades.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection also showed the virus can also be “efficiently inactivated” through thorough disinfection.
They said the virus “can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite” or bleach within one minute.
Dr Charles Chiu, an infectious disease professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the USCF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who was not involved in the new study, said, “Based on the current available data, I would primarily rely on the data from SARS coronavirus, which is the closest relative to the novel coronavirus, with 80% sequence similarity among the coronaviruses tested.
“For SARS coronavirus, the range of persistence on surfaces was less than five minutes to nine day.
“However, it is very difficult to extrapolate these findings to the novel coronavirus due to the different strains, viral titers and environmental conditions that were tested in the various studies and the lack of data on the novel coronavirus itself.
“More research using cultures of the novel coronavirus are needed to establish the duration that it can survive on surfaces.”
The CDC said there is still much to learn about coronavirus, officially named Covid-19 and according to the CDC website, “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
According to Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, coronavirus is more comparable to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic which infected 500m people and killed 50m worldwide.
He said, “It is a significant concern, globally” but we do not yet understand the severity.