October 09, 2009

You probably won't catch H1N1 from a library book

TWU Campus Doctor, Derek Hitchman, passed on this information from the Public Health Agency of Canada in response to concerns raised by Alloway Library Staff.

Q. How long does the H1N1 Flu virus live outside of the body?

A. The virus can live outside the body on hard surfaces, such as stainless steel and plastic, for 24-48 hours and on soft surfaces, such as cloth, paper, and tissues for less than 8-12 hours; however, it can only infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on hard surfaces, and for up to a few minutes after being deposited on soft surfaces.

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