Omicron lasts longer on surfaces and skin than previous variants: studies

Article By Chia-Yi Hou | March 24, 2022

Health experts have agreed that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing COVID-19 is mostly transmitted through the air. However, there were concerns, especially early in the pandemic, about it getting transferred by touching surfaces containing the virus. Researchers have continued to investigate this line of inquiry to get a more complete understanding of how the virus spreads and exists in the environment. In two recent studies, teams of researchers found that the omicron variant lasted longer on surfaces and on human skin compared to other variants. 

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