A study by Russian scientists has shown that water can almost completely destroy the novel coronavirus within 72 hours.
The virus’ resilience is directly dependent on the water temperature – 90% of virus particles die in room temperature water in 24 hours and 99.9% within 72 hours, according to a study by the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR.
Water at boiling temperature kills the Sars-CoV-2 virus completely and instantly, says the research published on Thursday by the Russian Federal Service for Human Wellbeing.
The virus can live in water in certain conditions, but it does not multiply in either sea or fresh water, the study showed.
It also remains active up to 48 hours on stainless steel, linoleum, glass, plastic, and ceramic surfaces.
The research found that the virus is unstable and most household disinfectants are effective against it.
It showed that ethyl and isopropyl alcohols of 30% concentration can kill up to a million particles of the virus in half a minute, contradicting previous studies that said a concentration of over 60% was necessary.
Disinfectants with chlorine have the same effectiveness, completely clearing a surface of Sars-CoV-2 within 30 seconds, according to the study.