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Sunday, October 11, 2020

The virus responsible for Covid-19 can remain infectious on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days, researchers say. The findings from Australia's national science agency suggest SARS-Cov-2 can survive for far longer on surfaces than previously thought.

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The virus is most commonly transmitted when people cough, sneeze or talk. But experts say it can also be spread by particles in the air, as well as on surfaces such as metal and plastic.

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So what are the upper and lower limits for different kinds of virus particles surviving on surfaces? 28 days must seem like an eternity to a virus.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-11 03:09 PM | Reply

How do you know? Maybe it "sleeps", as in goes dormant while waiting for another hit of mammalian DNA. It could be like dried yeast. Just add water and protein.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-10-11 06:19 PM | Reply

Except it's like a hundred times smaller than a yeast cell. So it's not going to be as protected.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-11 06:51 PM | Reply

A few months ago there was a study that noted the RNA of the virus was able to survive for a couple weeks on hard surfaces.

But the RNA cannot infect someone.

I clicked through and read the study results ( virologyj.biomedcentral.com ), they use the phrase "infectious virus" to describe what survives for the 28 days.

Has this been peer-reviewed?



#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-11 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hades help us, I hope this isn't true

#5 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-10-11 07:15 PM | Reply

Just as I was beginning to think the surfaces survival time might not be so long after all.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-10-11 07:55 PM | Reply

Before you get too scared, the presence of the virus is one thing but the viral load is what is important. If any human gets exposed to a few hundred viruses there will not be an infection. It takes millions of viruses, or at least hundreds of thousands.

So it will probably months or even years before we get a handle on just how contagious it is to handle money, for instance. But just because the DNA of this virus was found on money does not tell us for sure how contagious money really is.

That said, if you live in an area with a lot of cases, then, as an example, you might always use a credit card for purchases, or never take change and let them have it as a tip. If you live in an area with a lot of cases, then you live among the stupid people, as in a red state.

But if you live in a state where the majority of people are doing the right thing, and the numbers reflect that, then it is very unlikely you will catch the disease from surfaces.

#7 | Posted by prius04 at 2020-10-11 08:08 PM | Reply

@#7 ... But just because the DNA of this virus was found on money ...

Was it just the DNA that was found in these analyses?

In other words, is the DNA equivalent to the phrase "infectious virus" that was used in this study?

To me this is an important distinction.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-10-11 08:25 PM | Reply

"Before you get too scared, the presence of the virus is one thing but the viral load is what is important. If any human gets exposed to a few hundred viruses there will not be an infection. It takes millions of viruses, or at least hundreds of thousands."

Do we know this for COVID-19?

I am not aware of those numbers.

Got a link?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-12 04:13 PM | Reply

So it will probably months or even years before we get a handle on just how contagious it is to handle money, for instance. But just because the DNA of this virus was found on money does not tell us for sure how contagious money really is.

7 | Posted by prius04 at 2020-10-11 08:08 PM | Reply | Flag

Will the science be skewed by the members of the populace that roll up bills and stick them up their nostrils as a inhalation aid for drug use?

#10 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-10-12 07:19 PM | Reply

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