A study looked at how long the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) which causes COVID-19 lives on human skin. Researchers in Japan used human cadaver skin (because they didn't want to infect living humans) to compare influenza and the new coronavirus. They found that coronavirus lives up to 9 hours on undisturbed skin! And influenza A virus (a flu strain) less than 2 hours.
They also found that both viruses are easily washed away with soap and water or a hand sanitizer containing 80% alcohol.
Yes, it is thought that aerosol and droplets are the main ways to get the new coronavirus. But you do want to wash it off your hands after exposure. Proper hand hygiene!
From Medscape: New Coronavirus Survives Nine Hours on Human Skin
Left undisturbed, the new coronavirus can survive many hours on human skin, a new study has found. ...continue reading "Wash Your Hands!"