As more cases of Covid-19 are confirmed in South Africa, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has labelled the outbreak a pandemic, parents are becoming more and more concerned.
Parent24 has received a variety of questions, which we have answered in several articles (see below) but a common question is along the lines of:
I've ordered baby goods from China, are they safe to use?
We did our research and the WHO says the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low.
It seems unlikely that the virus can survive outside the body for extended periods, so packages sent from the East in the last few weeks should be safe to open.
Nonetheless, if you are concerned, wash or sterilise the products before you expose them to your family.
So how long does the new coronavirus live outside the body?
New information suggests that Covid-19 can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours.
The virus might live longer on other surfaces: on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 2 to 3 days.
The small study has yet to be peer-reviewed.
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