Coronavirus has actually gained a lot of prominence because of its highly communicable nature. Well, in the first place, let’s know what exactly is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
As far as its lifetime is concerned, there are many myths revolving throughout the globe.
Well, some people have claimed that it doesn’t live for more than 15 hours, on the other hand, the honorable prime minister of India has declared ‘Janta curfew’, asking the whole nation to remain in the houses for 14 hours. Will it help in getting India rid of the virus or will it stop the increasing number of people getting infected?
Let’s first find out its true lifespan.
Any kind of virus can survive on surfaces for up to 3 days. It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a
few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
It has been found that coronavirus can be detected up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
What should I do if I came in contact with an area where COVID-19 is spreading?
If you have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading do the following:
- Stay home if you feel unwell or if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing.
- Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low-grade fever (37.3°C or above) and a slight runny nose, until you recover.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
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