The new coronavirus or SARS-Cov-2 virus that causes COVID-19 infection has been in the news for the past few months.
The infection pattern of the SARS-Cov-2 virus was tracked and found to be very similar to most other viruses in the coronavirus family. They are elastic and can survive on multiple surfaces over a long period of time. A recent study published in the leading scientific journal Lancet also points to the ability to survive hours or days on multiple surfaces.
But what does this all have to do with our hair? The humble black / brown / gray keratin strands that occupy our head. Can they spread COVID-19?
The answer is no. In theory, there can be many exposure situations, but it is very unlikely that these situations will eventually lead to infection.
Our hair is exposed to fragments in the air, pollutants, and even aerosol droplets. Still, there is nothing to worry about. You don’t have to shampoo your hair every time you return from the grocery store.
To understand what causes infections and what does not, we need to dig a little deeper into microbiology, aerodynamic principles, and patterns of infection.
Studies have shown that some small virus particles can float in the air for about 30 minutes. But they don’t flock like beech and can’t collide with your clothes. Droplets that are small enough to float in the air are also less likely to adhere to clothing or fabric.
Therefore, it is unlikely to be transmitted from everyday clothing, footwear, and similar hair.
However, there are two exceptions to this. This does not apply to hospital-based settings where virus particles may be high. It also does not apply if you are caring for someone infected with COVID-19.
How about the surface?
A study conducted by U.S.-based researchers estimated that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 could remain intact on multiple surfaces for up to 72 hours. ..
Similarly, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Bonn, Germany, viral RNA was detected in up to 3% of samples of the most frequently used or touched objects. For example, up to 15% of samples taken from doorknobs and handles, and washrooms and toilets.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that COVID-19 was present in plastic and stainless steel for up to 2-3 days and in corrugated cardboard for up to 24 hours.
No scientific research has been published on linking the infection to hair, so for now we have to rely on comparisons with cloth, cardboard, steel, and common surfaces.
As the unlocking process unfolds around the world, it is important to remember that Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science and Technology (DST), said: And various objects are becoming more and more important in breaking the chain of virus infections. “
Hair hygiene and COVID-19
Unless someone coughs directly into your hair and you touch it often, there seems to be no risk associated with this mode of infection. However, as a general rule of thumb, there are basically three steps to prevent infection with COVID-19. They are:
-Keep a distance of at least 6 feet between the two (but again, social distance is the safest way to get out of the pandemic)
– Wear a mask whenever you go out
-The most important thing is to wash your hands with soap and water multiple times a day.
Frequent washing of hair with shampoo and water is neither healthy nor advice for the scalp. This prevents the scalp from producing natural oils and providing a protective coating layer on the hair to prevent excessive dryness and microbial infections. Therefore, it is not advisable to disturb the hygiene of the hair.
It’s as complicated as today’s pandemic situation, but the solution is simple. Fortunately, you can easily get rid of the new coronavirus from your hands by washing your hands frequently with soap and water, keeping a social distance whenever you go outdoors, and wearing a mask.