Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a viral disease that is normally transmitted through the person-to-person spread. This means that this virus can easily be transferred to you through close contact with the possible carrier or once the person with Coronavirus coughs or sneezes that can produce droplets of the said virus.
However, there's also a huge possibility that inanimate items or non-living things around you can also produce the same amount of Coronavirus that a carrier may transmit through person-to-person. Worse, online items from China that are sold in the United States may produce this deadly virus.
Don't accept plastic-made online items as these are more prone to host Coronavirus says research!
According to a study made by The Journal of Hospital Infection, non-living things that are most commonly ordered online can also be one of the main carriers of Coronavirus in the country.
With the 22 studies that they'd based on the research, they found out that "human coronavirus can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days."
The team led by Günter Kampf, a professor at the University of Greifswald in Germany, observed different materials like plastic, glass, steel, aluminum, metal, wood, paper, ceramic, and others when they are reacted with the same virus strand found on COVID-19.
Findings said that steel and metal-made items could host Coronavirus for straight five days. Meanwhile, aluminum-made items can include only the last Coronavirus for two to eight hours of exposure. But unfortunately, plastic-made items are the ones that have the longest persistence out of the observed products with its two to nine days exposure to the virus.
"Person-to-person transmission has been described both in hospital and family settings. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to prevent any further spread in the public and healthcare settings. Transmission of coronaviruses from contaminated dry surfaces has been postulated, including self-inoculation of mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth, emphasizing the importance of a detailed understanding of coronavirus persistence on inanimate surfaces," said based on the research.
How to clean items from Coronavirus COVID-19?
Just like in the research, U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD) also supports this claim. However, the agency did not recognize this as a primary carrier of Coronavirus spread. Luckily, there are things that companies and citizens can do to quickly disinfect the virus from items, especially for plastic ones.
The research found out that temperature in a room where the items were located can contribute to whether the virus will be killed or not. To find out the full list of room temperature, check out the study here.
Aside from this, Kampf also noted that using biocidal agents like ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and sodium hypochlorite can lessen the possibility of Coronavirus spread on items for only a minute of using these agents.
"It can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute," says Kampf.