Traces of Coronavirus Can Last 17 Days

But that doesn’t mean they’re infectious

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A new study of the quarantined Diamond Princess and Grand Princess cruise ships showed that traces of the coronavirus can survive up to 17 days on hard surfaces. The research, published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sounds alarming — how hardy is this thing? — but it gives us important insight into the…

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Yasmin Tayag

Yasmin Tayag

Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog. Senior editor at Future Human by OneZero. Previously: science at Inverse, genetics at NYU.