4.3 Survival time of SARS-CoV-2

  • Viable SARS-CoV-2 could be detected in aerosol up to 3 hours after aerosolization, raising concerns on the possibility of viral transmission through aerosolization. 
  • Viable SARS-CoV-2 could only be as long as 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. Indirect transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through fomite is highly likely! We must always remain vigilant and be aware of our personal hygiene to reduce the risk of infection!

Van Doremalen N, Bushmaker T, Morris DH, et al. (2020): Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1. New England Journal of Medicine: In press.