Biocidal agents inactivate coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces (search done on 28 January 2020)

Added July 9, 2020

Citation: Kampf G, Todt D, Pfaender S, et al. Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and its inactivation with biocidal agents. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2020 Mar;104(3):246-51.

What is this? Infection prevention and control interventions are especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies about the persistence of human and veterinary coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents. They restricted their search to the MEDLINE database did the search on 28 January 2020. They included 22 studies.

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to 9 days, although temperatures above 30°C can reduce persistence.

At the time of this review, the included studies showed that coronaviruses can be inactivated within 1 minute by surface disinfection procedures with ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide in an accelerated form or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite.


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