Prayer #201: For the COVID-19 Virus on Surfaces
According to medical and Public Health officials, the main way that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted is via respiratory aerosols. How much the virus can spread from surfaces, though this is still believed to be a lesser avenue of transmission, has been the subject of considerable debate. Last week in Virology Journal, a study by researchers from Australia's national science agency CSIRO was published in which they looked at the survivability of COVID-19 on such surfaces as glass, paper money, cotton cloth, vinyl, and polished stainless steel. Experiments were performed at various temperatures---68, 86, and 104 degrees F---in the dark since UV light is known to kill the virus. Virus samples were deposited on the surface and were measured for up to a month.
At the highest temperature, COVID-19 was gone on the cotton cloth before one day and didn't make it past 48 hours on the other surfaces at this temperature. However, on the non-porous surfaces of stainless steel, glass, vinyl, and even paper money, the virus survived for up to 28 days. The results of this study would seem to underscore the importance of the washing of hands and the frequent wiping down and sanitizing of surfaces with public access such as we see in retail stores and grocery store carts.
Pray for attentive care to the washing of hands and the sanitization of surfaces during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Pray that these efforts would lead to a considerable reduction in the spread of the virus.
Ps. 119:50: "This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life."