BREAKING NEWS: New research demonstrates that the COVID-19 virus remains on surfaces far longer than originally thought
A new report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) was recently published in the Virology Journal that strongly suggests the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, may survive and remain infectious significantly longer than previously thought.
The study tested samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus contained in a solution that was placed on a range of different surfaces, such as bank notes, steel counters, cotton fabric, vinyl, and glass and transparent surfaces used on phones, ATMs, and computer screens.
The test took science a step further than previously, however, by measuring how long the virus remained active and infectious depending on the temperatures the material was exposed to; and that’s when the alarming information was uncovered.
At 40 degrees, Celsius, the SARS-CoV-2 viral cells were no longer viable after just 48 hours on most surfaces, in keeping with what had been understood previously. However, at 20 degrees Celsius, the study demonstrated that the viral cells remained viable for up to 28 days, depending on the exact conditions.
The research may also help to explain the apparent persistence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 in cool environments with high lipid or protein contamination, such as meat processing facilities," explained Trevor Drew, Director of the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) which conducted the study.
This immediately correlated with the reports of transmission in both Australia, and the United States – specifically explaining why employees of meat packing and poultry processing facilities had rates of infection much higher than the average – with 9.1% of workers in facilities in 14 American states testing positive for the disease, which was almost double the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 nationwide.
With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, this information is alarming. Throughout Europe, Russia, and other parts of the world, cases of COVID-19 are rising sharply – triggering a number of ‘second lockdowns’ in cities such as Paris, and London. The news that the virus remains viable on surfaces for significantly longer when it’s colder means that this problem is only likely to get worse.
Confirmation that antibodies don’t offer continued protection against COVID-19 adds to this dilemma – with a 25-year-old American man confirmed to have contracted the Coronavirus for a second time on Monday, the same day the CSIRO report was published. A day later, a Dutch woman became the first person confirmed to have died following reinfection with the disease.
For business owners, this just raises the stakes even higher – and makes cleaning and disinfecting your business more essential than ever. As temperatures drop, common surfaces will harbor infectious COVID-19 cells for longer and longer; increasing the risk of transmitting the disease to your employees or customers.
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