- A study in the United States has shown that coronavirus can be transmitted through aerosol
- The tests showed that the coronavirus can still infect people while in the air for at least 3 hours
- Meanwhile, the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for about 3 days
- However, the Department of Health clarified that aerosol transmission refers to a confined hospital setting
A recent study in the United States showed that the coronavirus pandemic could still be infectious in the air after several hours.
KAMI learned that the coronavirus can remain viable on surfaces for a few days.
In a report by Reuters, the study revealed that when the virus has been released by an infected person through coughing or sneezing, it can infect other people in aerosols for at least 3 hours.
Meanwhile, the virus can infect people through plastic and stainless steel for 3 days. On copper, it took 4 hours until the virus become inactivated, and 24 hours on cardboards.
As reported by the New York Post (authored by Jackie Salo), World Health Organization is now considering new “airborne precautions” for health workers after studies have shown that coronavirus can survive in the air for a few hours.
When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to what we call aerosolize these particles, which means they can stay in the air a little bit longer,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said.
Meanwhile, in a report by the ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health (DOH) explained that the coronavirus airborne transmission refers to a confined hospital setting.
“Ito pong artikulong ito ay tinutukoy nila mga setting ng ospital… So 'yung airborne na sinasabi is in a confined hospital setting,” Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
“Ito pong sakit na COVID-19 is still transmitted through droplet transmissions and close contact,” she added.
The DOH reported a total of 187 coronavirus cases in the Philippines. Meanwhile, 4 of them have recovered.
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