The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most contagious viral infection ever. It has taken over 3 million lives around the world since it began in late 2019. At the same time, the lockdown norms have crippled the livelihood of businesses and working-class people. Only vaccination and social distancing are effective to limit the transmission of the virus. The COVID-19 virus can be spread via droplets or aerosols, airborne transmission, and surface transmission.
We can take strict measures to maintain social distancing by wearing a mask. However, the tiny respiratory droplets could also land on the most commonly used objects and surfaces. The COVID-19 virus can remain active on these surfaces.
Transmission through Objects and Surfaces
The New England Journal of Medicine directed research to understand the virus’s life cycle on various objects and surfaces. The Lancet also conducted similar research. In both studies, the room temperature was taken as a reference to host the virus on various objects and surfaces. There were multiple samples to get the most accurate reading from the research. Finally, the researchers were able to determine the life cycle of the virus.
Life Cycle on Plastic
The New England Journal of Medicine study claims that the COVID-19 virus could survive up to three days on plastic objects and surfaces. In comparison, the Lancet research claims that the virus could even live up to seven days on plastic. It is worrying since most of the objects that we use daily are made of plastic.
Life Cycle on Metal
Metals are also common in our day-to-day lives. From gates to tables to coins, everything is made of metal. The New England Journal of Medicine study claims that the COVID-19 virus can survive up to three days on various metal surfaces. At the same time, the Lancet study saw similar observations.
Life Cycle on Paper
Paper is a very common article in our household. From newspapers to books to magazines, we are surrounded by paper articles. The Lancet study has concluded that the COVID-19 virus could only live up to 3 hours on printing paper or tissue paper. However, you will be stunned to know that the virus can live up to 4 days on paper money.
Life Cycle on Glass
Glass is also a common material around us. From windows to crockery, it is a common part of our lifestyle. According to Lancet, the COVID-19 virus can live up to four days on glass objects and surfaces.
Life Cycle on Cardboard
In the age of online shopping, cardboard is a very common packaging material that eCommerce companies have been using for packing their products. According to the NEJM study shows that the virus could only live up to 24 hours on cardboard objects.
Cleanliness is our only option to avoid the remission of Coronavirus through various objects and surfaces. Therefore, regularly clean the most commonly used objects and surfaces with disinfectants to reduce the chance of infection.