NJ Advance Media has launched a every day coronavirus query, a service during which our reporters present solutions to generally requested questions concerning the epidemic that has hit arduous in New Jersey.
As we speak’s coronavirus query is answered by Dr. David Cennimo, an infectious illness specialist who teaches on the Rutgers New Jersey Medical Faculty.
Q: How lengthy does the virus reside on surfaces?
A: It’s nonetheless unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just lately up to date its steerage to notice that the coronavirus doesn’t unfold simply from surfaces, though it might probably nonetheless reside on them. However, in accordance with Cennimo, researchers don’t but know the true size of time the virus can stay on surfaces as a result of the expansion relatively than detection of a virus is a stronger indicator of its existence. In different phrases, how lengthy a virus exists on a floor is ascertained by “taking the virus, placing it on a floor, and choosing it again up and making an attempt to place it in a cell tradition to see if it can develop” — a fancy course of for which conclusive solutions have but to be produced.
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