Skin in the Game!

Angie SzumlinskiStudies

The novel coronavirus can linger on human skin much longer than flu viruses can, according to a new study from researchers in Japan. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remained viable on samples of human skin for about 9 hours, according to the study. In contrast, a strain of influenza A virus (IAV) remained viable on human skin for about 2 hours.

“This study shows that SARS-CoV-2 may have a higher risk of contact transmission (i.e., transmission from direct contact) than IAV because it is much more stable on human skin.” “These findings support the hypothesis that proper hand hygiene is important for the prevention of SARS-CoV-2.”

The good news (if there is any) is that both viruses on skin were rapidly inactivated with hand sanitizer. Each and every one of us needs to listen to guidance from the experts: WASH YOUR HANDS! Yes, you might not believe it but why take the chance? Take the 20 second challenge, wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer frequently; it just might safe a life, yours!

Stay well, stay safe and stay tuned!

Read the full study here!