Category: COVID-19

How Long Does Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

This study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2 can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces, particularly stainless steel and plastics (1,2). It is readily susceptible to household cleaners such as soap, bleach, alcohol-based hand sanitisers and sprays (1).

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Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems

Brindle and Gawande (1) provide recommendations as to how we should meet the unique challenges that the current pandemic will place on the provision of surgical services in major teaching hospitals. Specific recommendations include postponing elective operations immediately, putting in place a clear plan to allow the provision of essential operations during the pandemic, providing …

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