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Coronavirus Stays On Plastic and Steel Surfaces for 3 Days: Study

COVID-19 virus stays for 3 days on plastic, stainless steel

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Coronavirus remains for several hours to days on surfaces and in aerosols. Pixabay

The virus that causes COVID-19 remains for several hours to days on surfaces and in aerosols — detectable for up to three hours in aerosols, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel, a new study has claimed.

People may acquire the coronavirus through the air and after touching contaminated objects and this is the reason new cases are soaring globally.

“This virus is quite transmissible through relatively casual contact, making this pathogen very hard to contain,” said James Lloyd-Smith, co-author and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California-Los Angeles.

“If you’re touching items that someone else has recently handled, be aware they could be contaminated and wash your hands,” he said in a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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People may acquire the coronavirus through the air and after touching contaminated objects and this is the reason new cases are soaring globally. Pixabay

The study attempted to mimic the virus being deposited onto everyday surfaces in a household or hospital setting by an infected person through coughing or touching objects, for example. The scientists then investigated how long the virus remained infectious on these surfaces.

In February, Lloyd-Smith and colleagues reported in the journal eLife that screening travellers for COVID-19 is not very effective. People infected with the virus — officially named SARS-CoV-2 — may be spreading the virus without knowing they have it or before symptoms appear.

The biology and epidemiology of the virus make infection extremely difficult to detect in its early stages because the majority of cases show no symptoms for five days or longer after exposure. “Many people won’t have developed symptoms yet,” Lloyd-Smith said. “Based on our earlier analysis of flu pandemic data, many people may not choose to disclose if they do know”.

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Avoid close contact with people who are sick,avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, stay home when you are sick, cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, and dispose of the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe, said researchers. (IANS)

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Google Decides To Cancel This Year’s “April Fool’s Prank” Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products

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Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products. Pixabay

Google has decided to cancel this years April Fools prank out of respect for those fighting new coronavirus pandemic globally.

An internal email from Google marketing head Lorraine Twohill reportedly said that Google is playing it straight on April 1, 2020 out of respect for those fighting the coronavirus, reports Business Insider.

“We have already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about.

“Make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally,” Twohill wrote.

“Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one,” Twohill added.

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Google has decided to cancel this years April Fools prank out of respect for those fighting new coronavirus pandemic globally. Pixabay

Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products.

The search engine giant has also updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing.

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The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier. (IANS)