Survival of Viruses in Nature

Did you know viruses can last one to two days on hard, non-porous surfaces, such as plastic or metal? Stainless steel is neutral while brass and bronze actively kill viruses. Survival of a pure culture of a virus can remain 15 minutes on dry paper tissue and 5 minutes on healthy, intact skin. If a virus is suspended in mucus, it can be protected for longer periods. Did you know viruses can last up to 17 days on bank notes? Think of all the money that is passed around from banks to people etc. Frightening, isn’t it?

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