Coronavirus: Ômicron is the variant that survives the longest on skin and plastic surfaces

The Ômicron variant of the coronavirus is the most resistant in the external environment, staying up to 21 hours on the skin and up to 193 hours (about eight days) on plastic surfaces. However, it is not yet known how long the virus has the ability to infect people while remaining alive outside a host.

This information is the result of a study carried out by researchers at the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.

To reach that conclusion, the scientists compared the survivability on surfaces of the original coronavirus — found in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 — and the alpha, beta, gamma, delta, and omicron variants of concern.

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