Friday, 3 July 2020

The Survival of Coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 On Surfaces and Designing Disinfection Strategies to Eliminate the Virus


Coronaviridae specificities such as pathogenicity and potential environmental resistance, make them a challenging model for the development of efficient means of prevention. The virus is relatively infectious; current data suggests that each infection results in 1.4 to 3.9 new ones (based on the basic reproduction  number or R0 value) when no members of the community are immune and no preventive measures taken.

While most people are practicing ‘social distancing’ (or, more accurately, ‘physical distancing’) and carry out other measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, like regular handwashing or hand sanitization, it is also important to ensure that surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected. This paper focuses on viral survival on surfaces and appropriate forms of disinfection for those working in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, drawing on the literature published to date.


Sandle, T. (2019) The Survival of Coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 On Surfaces and Designing Disinfection Strategies to Eliminate the Virus, Journal of Validation Technology, 26 (2).

See: https://www.ivtnetwork.com/article/survival-coronavirus-sars-cov-2-surfaces-and-designing-disinfection-strategies-eliminate-vir

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology Resources (http://www.pharmamicroresources.com/)

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