According to a new study, the new coronavirus or 2019-nCoV (officially called COVID-19) can easily survive in inanimate objects for about a week. That is, if the virus itself resembles its relatives in the coronavirus family tree. How long can the new coronavirus survive in inanimate objects? Originating from a varied meat market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the new coronavirus managed to make a name for itself as a new global epidemic, killing hundreds and infecting thousands. However, much is still unknown about the virus. In fact, in addition to the fact that it comes from an animal and the multiple ways in which people can become infected, not much is understood about it, so researchers are looking at similar viruses such as SARS and MERS to shed some more light. "It's unclear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly eyes," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, a review that covered 22 studies on human and veterinary viruses within this family found that human pathogens can survive on surfaces and remain infectious at room temperature for up to nine days. Of course, that is already at the upper end of its useful life, but considering that, on average, they can persist for about four or five days, that's a lot. In fact, some of the veterinarians (who can only infect animals) may even persist for more than 28 days.
"The low temperature and high humidity of the air increase its useful life even further," said Günter Kampf, a doctor at the University Hospital of Greifswald.
"Different coronaviruses were analyzed and the results were all similar," added Eike Steinmann, a virologist at the University of Leibniz in Hannover. However, none of the viruses studied was COVID-19 as much is still unknown. As such, researchers recommend washing your hands frequently, as well as ensuring that public areas are frequently disinfected. According to the researchers, this is a small price to pay for security. The 2019-nCoV, a new type of coronavirus, was first discovered in a small animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan in China. Pixabay (TagsToTranslate) coronavirus (t) covid-19 (t) coronavirus family (t) pathogens (t) new study (t) sars (t) mers (t) scientists (t) life expectancy (t) cdc (t) nine days (t) inanimate objects (t) remain infectious