- The COVID-19 has been a serious global concern since the first few months of 2020
- In fact, several reports about it have circulated across all sorts of media platforms
- However, people seem to be less informed about the capability of the virus to actually li
veon inanimate objects including your phone
Perhaps some of you will agree that 2020 has been off to a rough start, especially with the emergence of the COVID-19 that continues to spread across the world.
However, what most people seem to be less informed about is that the virus can actually li
ve for nine days on inanimate objects or surfaces like metal, glass, plastic, and even on your smartphones, as concluded by a German review of a study published in the Journal of Ho spital Infection.
“Human coronaviruses can remain in
fectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days. At a temperature of 30C or more the duration of persistence is shorter. Veterinary coronaviruses have been shown to persist even longer for 28 d. Contamination of frequent touch surfaces in healthcare settings are therefore a potential source of viral transmission,” the study explains.
Luckily, the researchers have also found out a way on how we can disinfect our personal items in order to make them coronavirus-free.
“Surface disinfection with 0.1% sodium hypochlorite or 62-71% ethanol significantly reduces coronavirus infectivity on surfaces within 1 min exposure time,” the study recommends.
In addition, it also states that a person can also use an
alc0hol wipe or just alcohol followed by a microfiber cloth to clean his or her phones. We can even opt to disinfect our phones as frequently as possible when we go out in public.
Coronaviruses, as defined by the World Health Organization, are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe dis
eases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). These are also “zoonotic”, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.