SARS-CoV-2 survives for nine hours on skin

New research on cadavers shows it lasts more than twice as long as influenza A

Left undisturbed, the new coronavirus can survive many hours on human skin, a new study has found.

To avoid possibly infecting healthy volunteers, researchers conducted lab experiments using cadaver skin that would otherwise have been used for skin grafts.

While influenza A virus survived fewer than two hours on human skin, the novel coronavirus survived for more than nine hours.

However, both were completely inactivated within 15 seconds by hand sanitiser containing 80% alcohol.