Coronavirus survives on skin five times as long as the flu virus

The risk of infection can be reduced by regular and thorough hand washing, as recommended by the World Health Organization, the researchers write. Both the coronavirus and the flu virus could also be killed within 15 seconds by ethanol, as found in hand disinfectants.

Since the coronavirus first appeared in China last December, almost 40 million people worldwide have been infected with the pathogen.

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