A study conducted by Japanese researchers confirmed that the new Corona virus can remain for nine hours on human skin, in a discovery that highlights the need to wash hands frequently to combat the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to the study, published this month in the Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the germ that causes influenza can survive on human skin for about 1.8 hours compared to the long duration of the Covid-19 virus.
She stated that the survival of the “Covid-19″ virus for nine hours on human skin may increase the risks of contact transmission compared to the influenza virus, which speeds up the pandemic. ”
The research team tested skin samples collected from autopsy samples about a day after death.
Both the Corona virus and the influenza virus are inactivated within 15 seconds by using ethanol used in hand sanitizers.
The study said that the survival of the “Covid-19″ virus on the skin for a longer period increases the risk of transmission, yet hand hygiene can reduce this risk. ”
The study supports the World Health Organization’s directives to wash hands regularly and comprehensively to limit the transmission of the virus, which has infected nearly 40 million people and killed more than a million people around the world since it first appeared in China late last year.