Coronavirus can last nine hours on skin, new research shows

Coronavirus can last nine hours on skin, new research shows

As the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, scientists across the globe have continued to study the novel virus in a bid to find its treatments and vaccines.

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A report by Reuters collects some of the latest scientific studies on the deadly virus which has infected 35,504,196 people across the world, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University.

Coronavirus can last nine hours on skin, new research shows
Coronavirus can last nine hours on skin, new research shows. Photo credit: NCDC
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New research shows coronavirus survives nine hours on human skin

Research has found that the novel coronavirus can survive up to nine hours on human skin if left undisturbed.

The researchers, however, detected that the virus can be completely get rid of within 15 seconds by hand sanitizer containing 80% alcohol.

Breathing with face masks does not affect the lungs

Another study found that breathing with face masks does not have adverse effects on the lungs.

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The research states that though wearing face masks may be uncomfortable, it does not limit the flow of oxygen to the lungs, even in people with severe lung diseases.

Obstructive sleep apnea linked with worse COVID-19

Researchers discovered that Covid-19 patients who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have five-fold higher risk of hospitalization for critical illness.

OSA is a common sleep disorder associated with health problems like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

When people with OSA are asleep, their breathing stops briefly and then restarts, often multiple times during the night.

Infrared thermometers may be inaccurate in adults

Non-contact infrared thermometers which are currently being used to screen for fever in public places may not accurately measure body temperature in adults, another study has suggested.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian government on Thursday, July 9, launched a diagnostic kit, known as RNASwift, for the identification of coronavirus’ causal agent.

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RNASwift, according to Professor Alex Akpa, the acting director-general of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), was designed by Nigerian scientists.

Akpa said the innovation will no doubt aid the testing capacity of health agents in Nigeria with respect to COVID-19.

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