The world of science continues its research on the new type of corona virus (COVID-19), which has infected approximately 200,000 people so far. According to a new study published today, the virus can live on aerosols and surfaces for days.
A new study jointly conducted by scientists at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UCLA, and Princeton University, COVID-19, or SARS-CoV- He revealed that 2 could remain stable on aerosols and surfaces for days.
Let’s explain immediately so that they are not confused. The World Health Organization (WHO) was identified as 2019-nCoV after the first cases of new type of corona virus were detected. Later, the name of 2019-nCoV was accepted as COVID-19; the virus was named as SARS-CoV-2 because of its close resemblance to SARS CoV.
The genetic structure of COVID-19 shows 79 percent similarity with SARS
Turning back to research, new studies by scientists show that the new type of corona virus can live up to 3 hours in aerosols, up to 4 hours in copper, 24 hours in cardboard, and 2 to 3 days on plastic. The study, which provides important information about the infection, reveals that people received the virus by air and after touching contaminated objects, that is, the infected.
Comparing SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1 viruses, scientists encountered a larger question mark. SARS-CoV-1, like its successor who travels all over the world, appeared in China and was infected by more than 8,000 people between 2002 and 2003. SARS-CoV-1, which was eliminated by minimizing contact between people and intensive isolation measures, has completely lost its effect.
SARS-CoV-1 is the corona virus most similar to its successor, SARS-CoV-2. Experiments showed that both viruses remain stable on surfaces and aerosols for almost the same time. Unfortunately, this information cannot explain exactly why COVID-19 has become a larger outbreak.
In this study, a virus infection scenario was applied to the surfaces in a home or hospital environment by coughing or touching objects from an infected person. Scientists then investigated how long the virus remained contagious on these surfaces.
Distribution of COVID-19 pandemics in the world
The resulting findings showed that people infected with SARS-CoV-2 can spread the virus without showing any symptoms. Unfortunately, this explains why disease control measures that are effective against SARS-CoV-1 are less effective against the cause successor.
Health authorities around the world recommend following the five golden rules to prevent the spread of the new type of corona virus COVID-19; both for you and your loved ones.
Keep at least 3-4 steps between you and the sick people.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Do not leave the house when you are sick.
Close your cough or sneeze into a handkerchief. Then put that handkerchief right in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using normal household cleaning spray or wipes.