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Bad News About the Novel Coronavirus’ Longevity

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the novel coronavirus can remain viable in aerosols for up 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours.

Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the novel coronavirus can remain viable in aerosols for up 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours. Individuals infected with COVID-19 have high viral loads in their upper respiratory tracts, making the likelihood of person-to-person transmission very high. These lengthy survival times mean that dental practices will have to be extremely vigilant with infection control once dentists return to work. In light of this unplanned for downtime, you may want to brush up on your infection control protocols with these CE articles, that are available now at no charge.

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