A new study by the scientific community says the Coronavirus can survive longer than originally thought.
The study is awaiting peer review from scientists at Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles along with the National Institute of Health (NIH).
The study reports COVID-19 could remain in the air “up to three hours post aerosolization,” and remain on surfaces for up to three days.
“Our results indicate that aerosol and fomite transmission of HCoV-19 is plausible, as the virus can remain viable in aerosols for 42 multiple hours and on surfaces up to days,” reads the study’s abstract.
The study reports humans could be infected by COVID-19 simply carried through the air or on a solid surface, even if direct contact with an infected person does not occur. If accepted by the scientific community, it would radically change what we currently know about COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, 121,000 worldwide have been infected with Coronavirus, with a fatality rate of 3.4% or 4,300 to date. Illinois as of Wednesday at 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, the WHO officially declared Coronavirus a pandemic. Shortly after an NBA player tested positive for the disease and the league was permanently placed on suspended play suspended the season.
Earlier in the day, the NCAA announced they would ban fans from this year’s March Madness tournaments.