Sterilize your mask after every use as study says that covid-19 virus can stay on it for a week

corona 1st april

You think you are doing whatever it takes to prevent coronavirus? Well, still it is not enough. We are wearing masks every time we are stepping out of our homes thinking that it will protect us from the covid-19 virus but if you are not sterilizing it once you are back in home then still you can land up in trouble.  According to a study, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can remain infectious on face masks for up to a week. Not just that, the study also says that it can last on banknotes, stainless steel, and plastic surfaces for days.

However, the virus can be killed by household disinfectants, bleach or frequent hand washing with soap and water, said the researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Covid-19 virus is going to haunt you if you don’t take proper measures. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The virus has a different duration of stay for different surfaces and temperature The study found that the COVID-19 virus can stick to stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to four days, and to the outer layer of a face mask for a week, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Monday.

The report, published in The Lancet journal, adds to a growing body of research about the stability of SARS-CoV-2 — as the novel coronavirus is formally known — and what can be done to prevent its transmission.

“SARS-CoV-2 can be highly stable in a favourable environment, but it is also susceptible to standard disinfection methods,” said the researchers, including Leo Poon Litman and Malik Peiris, both from HKU’s School of Public Health.…

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