This Is Exactly How Many Hours Coronavirus Can Live on Your Skin

While the focus of preventing infection shifted from hand-washing to wearing a mask and social distancing, medical experts have never stopped reminding the public to wash their hands as often as possible to keep themselves safe and healthy. And according to new research, that’s definitely a good thing, since the evidence shows that the coronavirus can live on human skin for over nine hours, up to four and a half times longer than the flu.

The CDC estimates that most coronavirus cases are transmitted through the air. But many cases are still caused by people touching their face when their hands have coronavirus on them. This is a particular concern when people are in their home or other places and not wearing a mask that would usually prevent touching mouths.