CDC examination of COVID-19 on cruise ships found COVID-19 RNA on surfaces for 17 days.
This is an update to our post below concerning the survival rate of Covid19 on surfaces. The CDC made the following Statement:
“A recent documented SARS-CoV-2 RNA was found on surfaces in cruise ship cabins up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess, before disinfection occurred.Live, infectious virus was NOT found. The authors’ finding does not indicate SARS-CoV-2 was transmitted from these surfaces.”
Though this does not definitively prove that COVID19 will be transferable up to 17 days it surely means that this virus is tough and last much longer than previously thought. Everybody needs to be prudent and exercise practical hygiene and constantly clean surfaces, sanitize their hands and make sure all of your personal devices are continually cleaned. CLEAN YOUR SMART PHONE!!!!
The ongoing world-wide concern for the spread of coronations is fueling myths and panic and mixed in there somewhere are relevant facts that we should all be aware of as we navigate this environment. We don’t want to go into the details of what is already out there such as frequently washing hands, the elderly & health compromised individuals need to stay away from crowds and infected folks for a few weeks and limiting exposure to events and large gatherings. Instead we would like to examine the facts around the following:
HOW LONG DOES THE CORONAVIRUS STAY ON MY CELL/SMART PHONE? HOW DO I CLEAN THE DEVICE?
If you are extremely diligent and follow all of the rules of hand-washing, crowd avoidance and general health safeguard recommendations this will be useless if you don’t clean your smart phone which you probably carry and hold constantly. In general, here are some of the facts around the estimated surface survival rates for the coronavirus from the CDC, WHO and other healthcare organizations:
- Recent tests found that viable virus could be detected up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
- According to Julie Fischer of Georgetown University “What we need to be doing is washing our hands, being aware that people who are infected may be contaminating surfaces,” and keeping hands away from the face, she said.
This means that those who are in contact with someone infected or a surface that has been contaminated will by sure transfer, contaminate their phone device surfaces. Even if you wash your hands frequently and not clean your phone, you will just re-contaminate your hands and therefore increase the chances that you give yourself the virus.
How do you clean your phone? There are a number of cleaning methods, this should be a long-term established habit.
Even the common influenza virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours and the fact that they estimate a full 30% of the population never wash their hands, every owner of a phone device they carry should regularly disinfect their device. Here are some recommended phone solutions, click on the picture to go to detailed description: