A research is claiming that the deadly coronavirus can linger in the air for at least 30 minutes and travel up to 4.5 meter.
The research was done by the journal Practical Preventive Medicine. They also found out that it can last for days on a surface where respiratory droplets land. According to a South China Morning Post report citing a newly published study in China, this raises the risk of transmission if unsuspecting people touch it and rub their face.
“The length of time it lasts on the surface depends on factors such as temperature and the type of surface, for example at around 37C (98F), it can survive for two to three days on glass, fabric, metal, plastic or paper,” the report added.
The team of Chinese government epidemiologist’s findings challenge the advice from the global health authorities that people should remain apart at a ‘safe distance’ of one to two meters.
“It can be confirmed that in a closed environment with air-conditioning, the transmission distance of the new coronairus will exceed the comminly recognized safe distance,” the researchers wrote.
Additionally, they also found out and claimed that the coronavirus can survive more than five days in human feces or bodily fluids.
The importance of wearing masks and washing one’s hand are highlighted in the study to prevent oneself from getting the virus.