DEAR Dr. Fritz,
I am quite apprehensive nowadays because it seems that the incidence of Covid-19 is by more than a hundred cases every day here in Davao City. You see, every day, we have to go out for our livelihood. We really don’t know that as we go out to the world, we get into contact with the virus. We cannot go out normally in full battle PPE (personal protective equipment). So, I just wanted to ask how many hours does the coronavirus survive in our skin.
Jovee B. of Davao City
Dear Jovee B. of Davao City,
Yes, you are right. We all cannot go out on PPE. A new study revealed that Covid-19 survives for more than nine hours in the human skin if left undisturbed. This study was conducted in laboratory experiments using cadaver skin that would have been used for skin grafts. They found out that while influenza A virus survived less than two hours on human skin, Covid-19 survived for more than…