Veterinary microbiology. 2020-12-01; 251.108907.

Dried SARS-CoV-2 virus maintains infectivity to Vero E6 cells for up to 48 h

Jang H, Ross TM

PMID: 33129043


Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a great concern on both public and veterinary health. Multiple studies showed that the SARS-CoV-2 can persist for few days in wet condition, but it has not been clear whether the virus can maintain the infectivity in dry condition. Thus, we measured the infectious titer of dried SARS-CoV-2 (10 pfu/25 μL droplet) at 0, 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 24, and 48 h. Strikingly, the dried SARS-CoV-2 virus did not lose the infectivity to Vero E6 cells for up to 48 h. Our findings warrants that the drying cannot replace the surface disinfection to prevent transmission via common vehicle or nosocomial infection. Future studies can apply our experimental setting to test the efficacy of diverse disinfecting procedures.

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