The results from the study suggest that influenza actually survives longer at low humidity and low temperatures.
At 43°F with very low humidity, most of the virus was able to survive more than 23 hours, whereas at high humidity and a temperature of 90°F, survival was diminished at even one hour into incubation (3).
How long does flu virus live on bedding?
“Flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces (like bus poles) and infect another person for 24 to 48 hours,” she says. “Cold viruses don’t survive as long—usually a few hours. But there is evidence that they can survive and be passed on for up to 24 hours.” RELATED: How Long Does It Take for the Flu Shot to Be Effective?
What kills the flu virus?
So to help, you need to kill the virus on surfaces, by disinfecting them. You can kill influenza by wiping surfaces and worktops with detergents, diluted bleach, or hydrogen peroxide. Another, more natural, way to kill the flu virus is to use steam, either with a steam cleaner or humidifier.
Does the flu virus die in cold weather?
Like cold viruses, infectious flu viruses survive for much shorter periods on the hands. After 5 minutes the amount of flu virus on hands falls to low levels. Flu viruses can also survive as droplets in the air for several hours; low temperatures increase their survival in the air.
Do Clorox Wipes kill flu virus?
The flu virus can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces like doorknobs and desks. (As a preventative measure, Clorox recommends using Clorox® disinfecting products to help kill 99.9% of the flu virus* found throughout your house.)
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