Flu Viruses Live Longer on Surfaces Than Cold Viruses

Wipe Door KnobMost people know that
cold and flu viruses
can
contaminate doorknobs,
faucets and other sur
faces.
But for how long?

 


Studies have found that the survival time for both kinds of viruses varies greatly, from a few seconds to 48 hours. The reasons have to do with a number of factors, including the type of surface, humidity and temperature.

For example, cold and flu viruses survive longer on inanimate surfaces that are nonporous, like metal, plastic and wood, and less on porous surfaces, like clothing, paper and tissue. Most flu viruses can live one to two days on nonporous surfaces, and 8 to 12 hours on porous surfaces. But a 2006 study found that avian influenza seemed particularly hardy, surviving as long as six days on some surfaces.

Cold viruses, however, deteriorate quickly. A study in 2007 found that when objects in a hotel room – light switches, telephones – were contaminated with a cold virus, 60 percent of healthy volunteers picked up the virus when they touched one of the objects an hour later. Eighteen hours later, the transmission rate was cut in half.

On skin, cold and flu viruses generally last less than a few minutes, but that can be plenty of time: studies show that most people touch their hands or mouth several times in the course of daily activities – enough to cause infection.

THE BOTTOM LINE Flu viruses tend to survive longer than cold viruses.

Article from: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/health/15real.html?_r=0

Note from Editor!

Here at GSH we take all the healthy, proactive precautions we can to ward of colds and flu. So along with eating right {trying our best!} and exercising, we also take natural immune-boosting supplements and then pay special attention to personal  hygiene – such as  washing hands frequently. Then we regularly disinfect all the areas in our home where germs can congregate and multiply, such as bathrooms, kitchens, door knobs, counter tops and more.

One of our favorite germ zappers is a concentrated cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant offered our brand partner. It’s called Basic G and we trust it to effectively deal with unwanted invading organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These can wreak havoc on our family’s health and safety.

When used as directed, Basic-G tackles over 40 of these pesky microbes, including several animal viruses. That makes it an excellent choice for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or pet area. In addition to being economical – one quart makes up to 64 gallons – it’s also EPA registered.

Zap Germs

Another favorite is Germ Off Wipes and we love to swipe away potentially harmful germs with these powerful disposable wipes. Great fun to zap germs before they zap us!! Kills odor-causing bacteria* found on hard,non-porous household, kitchen, and bathroom surfaces. Great for cleaning around the toilet. Leaves your bathroom and kitchen fresh and clean.

The smart way to clean and disinfect!

*Kills 99.9% of Salmonella choleraesuis(ATCC*10708), Escherichia coli(ATCC*11229), and Escherichia Coli 0157:H7(ATCC*43895).

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